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To My Beloved Father Whose Constant and Out- 
standing Civic Pride Has Always Been An Inspira- 
tion, and For His Sympathetic Help In IV riling 
This History of Bayonne Old and New, This 
Book Is Affectionately Dedicated. 

Gladys Mellor Sinclair 




Introduction, by Mayor James J. Donovan xi 

Author's Preface Xl11 

Bayonne's Early Settlers l 5 

Bayonne in the Colonial Days 21 

Bayonne in the War of 18 12 25 

Excellent Fish and Oyster Enterprise— Natives Live Quietly: The 
Irish Come To Town. 


Captain Robert Fish 31 

Pre-Civil War Days and the La Tourette Hotel, Prominent Families. 

Bayonne During the Civil War 37 

Bayonne in the Reconstruction Days 41 

Bayonne Becomes a City 1869 45 

First Board of Education; First Board of Health; German Advance; 
Fire Department Organized 1870; Items Taken from Newspapers 
1869 to 1873. 


The Glorious 8o's in Bayonne - 1880- 1890 57 

Oil and Other Industries Bring People From All Parts of the World 
to Bayonne; Contract for City Water; Avenue D Macadamized; Stage 
Coaches Bought from New York 1883; Horse Cars in 1885; First 
Apartments and First Bank; Streets and Houses Numbered; Electric 
Lighting; Free Delivery of Mails; Bayonne Hospital. 


CONTENT S— (continued) 


Bayonne in the Gay Nineties - 1890-1900 67 

New City Hall; The Musical Till Family and Rockaphone; 
Shorehouses; Craft & Company Established, now Creighton; Eddy's 
World Record Kite; Mayor Farr re-elected Without Opposition; 
Contract for Pure Drinking Water; Egbert Seymour Elected Mayor; 
Berry Guard Formed; Social Events; Arlington Park; First Ther- 
mometer Factory; Dr. Bert Daly a Leader in Baseball; Sports. 

The Beginning of a New Century - 1900-1908 77 

Historical Hook Fire; Democratic Clubhouse; Drakes Business 
College Started; First Automobiles; Thomas Brady Elected Mayor; 
First Police Trial Board Created; Pierre Garven Elected Mayor; 
David Horsley's Film Studio; Early Theatres; Gus Suckow, Jr. and 
Melville Hussey, Juvenile Entertainers; Volunteers Supplanted by 
Paid Fire Department; Melville Park; William Jennings Bryan Visits 
City; Republican Club. 


John J. Cain Elected Mayor - 1909-1914 85 

Bergoff, the Strikebreaker Comes to the City; S. J. Harwi, City 
Engineer; Matthew T. Cronin Elected Mayor; William P. Lee 
Succeeds William Hamilton as City Clerk; Fire Department's First 
Steps in Motorizing; City Visited by Theodore Roosevelt, William 
Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson; Lyceum Theatre; A Municipal 
Flag Adopted. 


A New Century of Progress - 1914-1918 89 

Commission Government Adopted; Jitney Bus Service Inaugurated; 
Hudson County Park Completed in 1916; Two Platoon System 
Inaugurated in Fire Department; Mrs. William M. Wauters Praised 
for Executive Ability; Bayonne Day Nursery Founded by Henry 
Wilson in 1917; License Granted to Bayonne Athletic Association 
for Boxing Bouts. 


World War Period to 1923 93 

James J. Donovan and Cornelius Gallagher Received Croix De 
Guerre; Homer Axford Elected Mayor; Eamonn De Valera 
Welcomed to City; Alpha C. Jarvis Appointed Sub-Registrar; 
Transportation Improved; Robert Talbot Elected Mayor; De Witt 
Theatre Premiere Performance in 1923; "A Poem of Early 
Bayonne", By Peggy Guest. 


CONTENT S— (continued) 


1 924- 1 930 - Garden Apartments Built in Campaign for 

Industrial Housing 101 

Hermanean-Rogow Stadium Built in 1925; Vincent Lopez in 
Bayonne; Walter Clarkson City Engineer; Standard Oil Company 
Won Suit over Burial Ground At Hook; Goldman Band Presented 
by Kiwanis Club; Dr. Bert Daly Elected Mayor; Bayonne's New 
Post-office; Fire in Old City Hotel; Frank McPherson Chief 
Engineer of Commander Byrd's Antarctic Expedition; Charles A. 
Lindbergh Visited Elco Works; Bus Line Operated Between New 
York City And Bayonne; Dr. George W. Mellor Honored at 


1931-1933 - Dr. Lucius F. Donohoe Elected Mayor 107 

Bayonne Symphony Orchestra Makes Debut; Kill van Kull Bridge; 
Captain Gibson, W T ho Towed Statue of Liberty into Harbor, 
Passes; General Josef Haller, Polish Military Leader Visited City. 


1934-1935 - Mechanics Bank Closed Doors 109 

Reminiscing With C. J. O'Neill; Poem by Mary W. Boyd; Taxable 
Property Values Declined; Record-breaking Number of Students 
Received Diplomas From High School; First P. W. A. Loan Granted 
to City; Bayonne Celebrated 66th Birthday; Miss Hannah J. Shafer 
Honored; Bayonne Boasts of Two Women Physicians; Mrs. Shaw 
Celebrated 100th Birthday; Public Institutions. 


1936-1938 - Firemen Discontinue Old-Time Uniforms for New 115 

President Franklin D. Roosevelt Visits Bayonne; Statue of Liberty 
Ceremonies; John F. Lee Becomes City Clerk; Mrs. E. C. Woodward 
Gives Illustrated Talk on California and Mexcio; Reinald Werrenrath 
Presented by Teachers Association; Lady Drummond Hay Visits 
City; Memorial to Gustav F. Ruh, Unveiled; Federal Housing 
Authority Grants Money to City; Port Terminal Started; Captain 
Betsworth's Family Remembered; Mr. and Mrs. George Bayne 
Celebrate Golden Wedding; Last Trolley Rumbles Out Into History; 
Paul Wandelt Constructs Modern Radio System for Police 


1939 - Lieut. Commander Edward Ellsberg Gives Talk at 
High School 

Ehssa Landi Presented by Teachers Association; New Fire House 
and Drill Tower; Bayonne Substitutes As Birthplace of Grandson 
of Mayor of Bayonne, France; First Cargo Discharged at Port 
Terminal; Historical Society Holds Dinner; Poem of Old Bayonne 
by Peggy Guest; Hobby Show Held by Womans Club. 


CONTENT S— (continued) 


1 939- 1 940 - Reproduction of Washington's Journey from 

Mt. Vernon to New York for Inauguration 125 

Election of Commissioners May 9, 1939; Old Car Barns Razed; 
Exempt Firemen with Women's Auxiliary Maintain Laurels for 
Bayonne in State Parade; First Freight Cars Shunted Over Spur 
at Port Terminal; New Public Address System for Fire Head- 
quarters; Boy Scouts Hold Camporee; John Armstrong Receives 
Patent on Golf Ball Holder; Bayonne Times Carriers Vacation at 
Camp; Shooters Island; Arline B. Cassidy Wins Contest in New 
York University School of Commerce; Ukrainians at World's Fair; 
New Super-Highway Along Newark Bay Shore; Benmore Develop- 
ment Dedicated; Mrs. George W. Mellor Directs Successful Garden 
Party for Woman's Club; Port Terminal Fishermen's Paradise. 

The Churches, Parochial Schools, Holy Family Academy. . . . 135 

The Public Schools in Bayonne from the Early Days to the 

Present Time: The Bayonne Public Library 159 

1812 to 1940 - Bayonne as an Industrial City 167 

Organizations and Clubs in Bayonne 201 

Local Personalities Who Made Good 235 

The Famous Firsts; Lighthouses; Landmarks; Oldtimers; The 
Governor Parker Pen; Dr. George W. Mellor Sets Example for 
Patriotism; The Old Safe in the City Hall; The Passing of the 
Hooper-Coopers; City Officials of the City of Bayonne for 1940. 


As Mayor of the City of Bayonne, I wish to contribute a word of 
recognition of the able and devoted efforts which have made this work 

The scholarly task, performed so painstakingly by Mrs. Gladys 
Mellor Sinclair, can be properly evaluated only by realizing that the 
author had to trace the development of this municipality back through 
more than four centuries of constant change and growth with but 
few sources of direct information available. 

I feel, after having read this volume, that Mrs. Sinclair has not 
only succeeded in having written an engrossing book but has rendered 
her native City a distinguished service. I compliment her upon the 
strong spirit of civic mindedness which prompted her in this under- 
taking and I commend the reading of this historical document to every 
resident of our community. 

James J. Donovan. 

Mayor's Office, April i, 1940. 


Nothing has been written about the City of Bayonne since 
Mr. Royden Page Whitcomb wrote, "History of Bayonne, 
New Jersey" in 1904. That the real story of Bayonne should 
be put into permanent form, no citizen will question. 

Accordingly after a great deal of research, consulting numerous 
histories, archives, genealogies, ordinances, reports, maps, documents, 
files of old newspapers, and of interviews with old citizens and past 
and present city officials — we decided to write a real story, romance 
and history of our own beautiful Bayonne. 

The author of Bayonne Old and New feels justified in saying that 
she has always sought the most reliable sources of information, striving 
to give as accurate, concise and interesting an account of the past as 

Although much labor has been spent in sifting statements in our 
search for inaccuracies, it is to be hoped that errors, if any, are very 
few. j 

The task of writing Bayonne Old and New, while agreeable and 
interesting, has been no light or superficial one. The author wishes to 
thank all those who have assisted her in the long jand tedious work. 
She feels especially indebted to the following: Mr. and Mrs. S. J. 
Harwi, Miss Harriet Fish, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Henne, William 
F. Hogan, John McCabe, John J. Ryan, City Treasurer, Dr. Harriet 
T. Dexter, Miss Rhoda Walborn, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Sanford, 
Miss Jennie Diamond, Miss Mary G. Peters, Librarian, Mr. William 
Mann, Mr. Francis K. Strohoefer and Mrs. Anna Golding. Informa- 
tion was obtained through the History of the Municipalities of Hudson 
County; Winfield's History of Hudson County; Industrial Directory 
of New Jersey; History of Bayonne, New Jersey by Royden Page 
Whitcomb ; The Catholic Church in New Jersey by Joseph M. Flynn ; 


The Bayonne Historical Society; The Bayonne Times; City Hall 
Records ; The Public Library and Personal records and scrapbooks. 

The work of writing an authentic history and a thrilling story of 
Bayonne has been long and has called for infinite patience, tact and 
care. And yet it has been a labor of love. 

My reward will be in the appreciation of all the people of our own 
City whom I have tried earnestly to serve. 

G. M. S. 

899 Avenue C, Bayonne, N. J. 
April, 1940. 


Old and New 



Bayonne, New Jersey stands out as one of the distinctive cities 
of America. One may address a letter to Bayonne, no state 
designation, and it will be delivered to Bayonne, New Jersey. 
While 6,138 duplications in city names puzzle postal clerks, Bayonne 
has the distinction of being the only city of that name in the United 
States large enough to have a post office. 

Bayonne is a peninsula located south of Jersey City between 
New York and Newark Bays and Kill van Kull on the south. Staten 
Island lies just across the Kills, Elizabeth and Newark across Newark 
Bay and New York City and Brooklyn across New York Bay. 

The area of Bayonne is very small, being only three miles long and 
the widest part of the peninsula is one mile. It is shaped somewhat 
like a boot, Constable Hook being the foot part. 

History tells us that Jean de Verrazzano, a Florentine in the service 
of francis I, King of France, sailed into New York Harbor as early 
as 1524. He was, therefore, the first white person to gaze on the east 
shore of what is now the City of Bayonne. 

Bayonne was named, according to tradition, after Bayonne in 
France, pronounced as Ba yon. It is said that French Huguenots 
settled here before New Amsterdam was settled. There is a tradition 
which seems to be without historical foundation that Bayonne got its 
name from the fact that it is located on the shores of two bays, 
Newark and New York — Bay-on or on the bays. 

On September 3, 1609 Henry Hudson in "De Halve Maan" (Half 
Moon) cast anchor inside of what is now Sandy Hook. Two days 
later five of his crew were sent to explore the river opening to the 
south. Passing through the Narrows, they found a swift-flowing 
river to the westward between two islands, the shores of which they 
described as being a place of beauty, with many lovely trees and flowers. 

This was Kill van Kull or "Het Kill van het Cull" meaning the 
creek of the bay. They went through the Kills to see Newark Bay. 
Upon reaching the mouth of the Kills on their return they were 
attacked by twenty-six Indians in two canoes, who were probably from 
Manhattan, and one of the seamen, John Coleman, was shot through 



the throat by an arrow and killed. This appears to be the nearest 
approach to Bayonne shores by the whites at that time. A few days 
later Hudson passed through the Narrows and anchored at Constable's 
Hook. There is no record of his landing, although the natives between 
Bergen Point and Weehawken were very friendly and extended to 
him many acts of kindness. They visited his vessel daily, bringing 
furs, oysters, corn, beans, pumpkins, grapes and apples, to trade. The 
following day he continued north and entered the river which today 
bears his name — The Hudson River. 

The tribe of Indians here at this time was called the Raritans and 
belonged to the stock of the Delawares called the Sanrikans. The re- 
mains of an Indian Cemetery, arrow heads, stone axe and beads 
through the Bergen Point Section indicate a permanent settlement of 
the Indian at one time. 

During the early days Bayonne was covered with thick woods. 
Bears, panthers, wolves, wild cats, foxes, rattlesnakes, red deer, 
beavers, hares and squirrels were plentiful and afforded an excellent 
hunting ground for the Indians. The bays on both sides furnished 
fine fish and oysters. 

The States General of Holland passed an act about this time, giv- 
ing to certain merchants of Amsterdam the exclusive right to trade 
and establish settlements within the limits of the country explored by 
Hudson. Not long after this a fleet of five small trading vessels arrived 
at Manhattan Island. There were a few small rude huts already built 
here by former Indian Traders but now a fort for the defense of the 
place was erected and the settlement named New Amsterdam. As 
early as 1618 a feeble trading station had been established at Bergen 
but it was several years later before permanent dwellings were built in 
this neighborhood. 

In June 1629 the States General granted a bill of "Freedom and 
Exemptions" to all such private persons as would plant any colonies in 
any part of New Netherland, except Manhattan Island. The members 
of the West India Company were also granted special privileges and 
whoever of its members would plant a colony of 50 persons should be 
a fuedal lord or "Patroon" of a tract "sixteen miles in length fronting 
on a navigable river, and reaching eight miles back." 

Up to this time only exploring parties wishing to trade with the 
Indians had visited what is now Hobokcn, Jersey City and Bayonne. 
No one had ventured to "take up" any lands. However, under the 
stimulus of the bill of "Freedoms and Exemptions," a man by the name 



of Michael Pauw, then burgomaster of New Amsterdam, was impelled 
for speculative purposes in 1630 to obtain from the Director General 
of New Netherland grants of two large tracts, one called "Hoboken 
Haching" (land of the tobacco pipe), and the other "Ahasimus." 
Both of these tracts were parts of what is now known as Jersey City. 
The grantee gave one place the name of "Pavonia." Pauw failed to 
comply with the conditions set forth in his deeds, and was obliged, 
after three years of controversy with the West India Company, to 
convey his plantation back to that Company. 

An official of the Company, Michael Paulesen, was placed in charge 
of the plantations in and around Pavonia as superintendent and it is 
said he built and occupied a hut at Paulus Hook as early as 1633, 
therefore being the earliest known White person in what is now Hud- 
son County. He was followed by more settlers and in a few years 
quite a number of plantations were established. 

During these early days a member of the Van Vorst family in this 
settlement was shot and killed supposedly by an Indian. This resulted 
in the Massacre of Pavonia on the night of February 25, 1643. 
Soldiers from Manhattan Island crossed the Hudson River and at- 
tacked the Indians at Communipaw, slaughtering nearly one hundred. 
The northern tribes took to the warpath and burned and destroyed 
this settlement. The settlers, who survived, fled across the river to 
New Amsterdam and for a number of years no white settlers lived 

The first available record pertaining to the Bayonne section is 
dated March 1646 when Jacob J.Roy, a gunner of Fort Amsterdam, 
received a grant of land at Constable Hook. 

The place was formerly called Nipnichsen by the Indians but was 
later called Constapel's Hoock, deriving its name from the occupation 
of its first European owner. The Dutch word for gunner is konstapel ; 
hence Konstapel's Hoock, or Gunner's Point. It is not known for 
certain whether Roy settled here or not, but the possibilities are that 
he did not. 

The Van Buskirk family settled on Constable's Hook and their 
homestead which was built of brownstone was said to be the first 
dwelling built here. This was approximately in 1646 and the old 
house stood until 19 10. The Van Buskirk family had a farm where 
it was said the finest watermelons in the country were grown and there 
were also fine orchards. They had their own burying ground, the re- 
mains of which is still marked although there are no bodies there now, 



the last was removed in 1905. Sand and dirt has drifted over the plot 
so that today it has very little resemblance to a cemetery as it is 
entirely surrounded by oil tanks. This cemetery was located at White's 
Lane where a Mr. White lived in a very large house adjoining the 

Patents were issued for land in the southerly part of Jersey City 
and Bayonne about the year 1654. Most of these were for twenty- 
five morgens lying within the district afterwards known as Pembrepogh 
(Pamrapo). I 

Grants were issued to : Jacob Wallingen, Jan Cornelissen Buys, 
Jan Lubbertsen, Jan Cornelissen Schoenmaker, Garrit Piertersen, Lub- 
bert Gysbertsen, Jan Cornelissen Crynnen, Bysbert Lubbertsen and 
Hendrick Jansen Van Schalckivyck. 

Most of these were owners of land in Pamrapo and in the spring 
of 1655 sailed from New Amsterdam and erected rude huts on their 
new possessions. Here they opened up extensive trade with the In- 
dians and cleared some of the land in order to build suitable homes 
for their families. These were said to be the first white settlers and 
founders of Bayonne. 

Their stay was short because once more the Indians attacked the 
settlement and the survivors fled to New Amsterdam. 

Some years later settlers came to these shores, this time to stay 
and it is believed that most of them settled close to the New York Bay 
shore between 43rd Street and the Morris Canal where it was easy 
access to New Amsterdam by water. The settlement grew slowly at 
first but new settlers stimulated the growth and prosperity was every- 
where evident. 

The first municipality within the limits of New Jersey was erected 
by order of Director-General Stuyvesant and his council on September 
5, 1 66 1 and christened '"The Village of Bergen." 

New Netherlands was captured by the English from the Dutch 
under Colonel Richard Nicolls about 1664 but the citizens of Bergen 
Neck were not disturbed. Constable's Hook was practically unoccu- 
pied at this time. Governor Nicolls gave a patent, October 26, 1664 
to Samuel Edsall and Nicholas Johnson "for a Neck of land called 
Nip Nickon lying at the mouth of Kil van Kul." This grant was for 
five hundred acres and included part of Bergen Point, at that time 
called Constable's Hook. 

In 1668 Pemerpoch was applied to that section which lies between 
the Morris Canal and 33rd Street. The word "Pemerpoch" comes 



from Indian words meaning "Big Rock." No doubt the Indians re- 
ferred to the massive rock on which a great portion of Pamrapo and 
Greenville rests, and which is visible in the vicinity of Avenue C and 
the Canal. This rock, the foundation of the Palisades, is the foothills 
of the Catskills. 

Johnson sold his interest on Constable's Hook to Edsall in 1670 
for 4,620 guilders, wampum value. Edsall is supposed to have erected 
a log house at the Hook, cleared and tilled the land and in a short 
time had a flourishing plantation. 

Edsall is credited with being the first white settler of Bayonne by 
George Scott, in a brochure entitled, "The Model of the Government 
of the Province of East Jersey in America," published in Edinburgh 
in 1685. 

It is estimated that at this time there were about thirty families in 
Pamrapo and Greenville. Pamrapo was considered quite a settlement. 
The Dutch settlers were thrifty and they carried on an extensive trade 
with the Indians. Money was almost unknown and they traded for 
beaver skins, bits of clam and periwinkle shells deftly cut and polished. 
They were honorable and gave and received fair values. These people 
were slow to form new friendships but when really well known were 
very firm friends. About once a week, in the early morning, it was 
a common occurence to see a group of Dutchmen with their sugar- 
loaf hats and leather breeches with their wives in their petticoats and 
other paraphernalia, entering skiffs on the New York Bay shore going 
to New Amsterdam, where they would spend the day trading their 
fruit, vegetables, oysters and fish for clothing, beer, tools and other 
things and where they gossiped with their friends. Their homes were 
built of logs and stone with mud filled in the cracks. The people were 
contented for the most part, not asking a great deal. As long as they 
had a fire to sit by, a pipe to smoke, a bed to sleep in and plenty of 
clams to eat, they were perfectly satisfied. 

Among the pioneer settlers were Joost Van der Linde who owned 
property and lived in Pembrepogh in 1674, and William Douglas who 
was elected to represent Bergen in the General Assembly of New 
Jersey in 1680 but who was ruled out of that body because of his being 
a Roman Catholic. Gerrit Gerritse (Garretson van"Wagenen) an 
Associate Justice of the Court of Bergen in 168 1, also lived here at 
this time. In 1696 Cornelius Jansen (Vreeland) purchased William 
Douglas's land where he afterwards lived. Other early settlers at 
Bergen, Pavonia, Pamrapo and Bergen Neck were : Van Voorst, 



Jansen (Vreeland), Andriessen (Van Buskirk), Tomassen (Van 
Riper) Cornelissen (Van Horn), Van Niewkircke (Newkirk), Har- 
mense, Claesen (Garrabrant), Brinckerhoef (Brinkerhoff, Van Schuy- 
ler, Planck, Sip, Gautier, Deidrick (Cadmus, Jacobse (Van Winkle). 
A great majority of these early settlers were emigrants from Holland. 
The rest were English, French, German and Scandanavian. 

The recapture of Xew York by the Dutch in 1673 and the final 
surrender to the English the following year, affected this territory 
very little. 

Around this time a charter was granted to the town of Bergen. 
The Charter granted that the keeping of a free school be maintained 
for the education of youth, and liberty regarding the worshipping of 
God in their own way. 

In 1682 the school taught the girls to sew and read — needlework 
in those days being more important than the three R's which came a 
century later. 

(As a guide to the reader many names appearing herein have variable ways of 
spelling in the early chapters of the book). 




Bayonxe's oldest house (Cadmus Homestead) was her first 
dressed brownstone homestead. The Southwest wing was built 
by Joris Cadmus about 1730 and the main part which was two 
and one-half stories high was built later. Some of the fireplace brick 
came from Holland and on the front of the fireplace was a coat-of- 
arms. The house was situated on the shorefront of Xew York Bay 
at 41st Street and was the first Bayonne home for the Pavonia Yacht 
Club. The building was demolished in 1939. A good farm sur- 
rounded the home from which supplies were provided for the soldiers 
in 1776. Fine celery, cabbages so large they were called the Gover- 
nor's Head, and oysters for the same reason were known as the 
Governor's Foot. Justin McCarthy, whose son wrote, "If I Were 
King," leased the property in 1864 an d lived in the house two years. 

In 1750 a public ferry between Bergen Point and Staten Island 
was established by Jacob Corsen. The boat was a small open scow 
and was propelled by oars. The ferry location has not been changed 
unto this day. 

In 1764 a Jersey City Ferry was established as an important part 
of the new stage route to Philadelphia via a road connecting Jersey 
City and Bergen Point called the Kings Highway, thence across the 
Kills. This was said to be a short, safe, easy and convenient way for 
all travellers passing to the City of Xew York from any of the southern 
governments. These stages were first set up in 1764 and did a thriving 
business. The vehicles used were covered Jersey wagons without 
springs. A trip to Philadelphia required three clays only and for 
that reason was proudly referred to as the "Flying [Machine." By 
1772 the time for the trip had been reduced to one and one half days. 


Bergen Xeck was important territory during the Revolutionary 
War. In the spring of 1776 it was learned that the British were pre- 
paring to sail for Xew York. Lord Sterling was in command of the 
American forces at Bergen and he undertook the defense of Bergen and 
Bergen Xeck. Defenses were erected to prevent invasion from Staten 



Island at which place Colonel Ford was stationed. He had about three 
hundred men. The British fleet with General Howe arrived and cast 
anchor off the mouth of the Kill van Kull and landed troops on 
Staten Island. Later General Mercer was ordered to place five 
hundred men at Bergen Neck. At this time troops were occupying 
Fort Delancey which was situated on a high piece of property be- 
tween what is now 51st and 52nd Street and a short distance from the 
old Speedway. This fort was named in honor of Oliver Delancey, the 
great Tory of Westchester. It was the scene of several severe attacks, 
both when in control of the Americans and the British. The Fort was 
burned and evacuated by the Refugees in September 1782. 


In April 1789 when George Washington journeyed to New York 
on the occasion of his inauguration as first president of the United 
States, he traveled through New Jersey to Elizabethport and then on 
through the Kill van Kull and New York Bay to New York City. The 
local inhabitants and those in Bergen weren't much different than 
people are today and early in the day began to arrive at Bergen Point 
so as not to miss the opportunity of seeing their beloved leader and 
cheer him on his way. This was a day of triumph and his reception 
here was enthusiastic and gay. The barge used by General Washing- 
ton was beautifully decorated. He was royally received. Music filled 
the air. As he entered the Kills between Staten Island and Bergen 
Point the procession was met by other boats from the shores, all gay 
with bunting. He was greeted with the booming of cannons, waving" 
of flags and loud applause of the people. 

In the summer of 1796 another road was built which entered 
Bayonne at what is now Avenue C and the Morris Canal. This road 
led on to Bergen Point. The old Vanderbilt Stage Coach line used 
this route to Staten Island. 

In 1798 homeseekers from different parts of the State began to 
locate at Bayonne and farms greatly increased in number. Grounds 
were cleared of timber, fields were cultivated and a thriving section 
soon appeared. 

The wise old Dutchmen and Englishmen were not slow to realize 
that their children needed education and those near Bergen Town sent 
their children to the rude school house erected there while those in 
Pembrepogh and along Bergen Neck taught their children the best 
they knew at home. 



In the early 1800's Pamrapo had a district schoolhouse. It was 
erected at Avenue D (now Broadway) on a triangle formed by the 
intersection of Grand and Center Streets, two thoroughfares which 
have long since passed away. 

The old sandstone house, which is still standing on West 48th 
Street between Avenue C and B was built by David Salter in honor 
of whom Saltersville was named later on. This house was built about 
1 810 and was the home of David Salter for many years. Afterward 
the folks of retired Captain William Keegan of the Police Force, 
lived in the house. 




Excellent Fish and Oyster Enterprise — Natives Live Quietly. 

The war of 1812 disturbed the settlers in this section very little. 
There were no burial grounds in Hudson County in 1812. 
Private burial grounds on the farms were used. Those who 
were buried in a cemetery were taken across the Kills in a rowboat 
to Staten Island where they were buried in St. Peter's Cemetery. 

In 182 1 there was an extremely cold wave and New York and 
Newark Bays froze solid and many persons crossed on the ice from 
New York. Good skating was enjoyed. Newark Bay at that time 
was called Oyster Bay, named so because of its abundant supply of 
fine oysters. 

Came 1830 which found the people well established on flourishing- 
farms. There were many small farmhouses along the shore. Con- 
stable's Hook was Van Buskirk property and several farms were 
cultivated there. Fruit growing flourished. Terhune's grist mill was 
at the Hook and the farmers in the neighboring country took their 
grain to the mill to be ground. There was a general store at Bergen 
Point kept by Frank Miller where groceries and tobacco were sold. 
All mail had to be gotten from Jersey City as no post office had been 
established in Bayonne. When someone went to town and returned 
with a New York newspaper, that person was usually surrounded by 
a group, eager to learn the news, as news was scarce, although the 
citizens gossiped about local affairs. 

Hartman Yreeland's Tavern was situated at about 49th Street. 

Abraham Van Buskirk and Colonel Cadmus each kept a few slaves 
and John Van Buskirk, of the Hook, kept about a dozen slaves. 

The livelihood of the settlers at that time was chiefly agriculture, 
although shad fisheries were the finest in the country and the oyster 
grounds furnished fields for busy enterprise and a profitable employ- 

The folks of those early days enjoyed life, too. Currie's Woods 
was the picnic ground where gay occasions were entered into with 
great zest and pleasure. 

During the 1830's this section was swept by an epidemic of Cholera 



and many deaths resulted. Tradition attributes the scourge to the 
fact that bedding and other material, which had been in some ship 
infested with Cholera, lying in the harbor, had been thrown over- 
board and had drifted to the shores of Bayonne. The scourge swept 
over the entire neck and left devastation in its path. 

By an act of Congress in 1834 the boundary line between New 
Jersey and New York was settled. This gave New York exclusive 
control over the waters of New York Bay, Bedloe's and Ellis Islands 
and the waters of Kill van Kull, while to New Jersey was given land 
under the waters west of the middle of the bay and Hudson River. 

In 1835 John Carragan, who conducted a little school somewhere 
around Avenue D and 24th Street, started a store known as a general 
store and it was patronized freely. This store was located in the 
vicinity of Broadway and 22nd Street, as it is known today. 

In 1836 the Morris Canal, bounding Bayonne on the north, was 
put through and for many years it served as a means of transportation 
and shipping. There were two section boats drawn by horses used 
at that time and while it was slow, was in keeping with the tempo of 
early (lavs. The Indians used the Morris Canal as a canoe portage and 
a part of a canoe was found on it as late as 1908. 

In the Colonial Days it was a favorite skating pond. Refresh- 
ment resorts abounded. The surrounding area was known as Currie's 
Woods. Fidler's Elbow is on the eastern side of the canal and was so 
named because the engineers did not have blasting facilities and thus 
followed the old Indian trail rather than straightening it. The last 
canal boat (with mule) to pass through the canal was in 1902. 

The building known today as the Old Stone Hotel at 33rd Street 
and Avenue E with E. B. Baxter, as proprietor, was the Vreeland 
house, originally built by Cornelius Van Buskirk in 1839. When the 
Central Railroad of New Jersey extended its tracks to the Jersey City 
Terminal, it was thought the house would have to be demolished, but 
instead, it was raised off its foundation, the foundation moved stone 
by stone, and then after being turned around so that it faced west 
instead of east, was placed on the reconstructed foundation. 

The first steamboats to dock at Bergen Point were the Richard 
Stockton, Wyoming, Kill van Kull and Red Jacket, renamed the 
Chancellor. The dock was in front of the LaTourette Hotel. The 
boats were in the service of the Central Railroad Company of New 
Jersey and ran from Elizabeth port to New York. This mode of travel 
began in the year 1840 and was the railroad extension to New York 



until 1865 when railroad bridged Newark Bay and continued through 
Bayonne to New York. In the meantime the Central Railroad had 
built a dock at the foot of Avenue C where the Bergen Point Ferry to 
Port Richmond, Staten Island, is located. The Kill van Kull and the 
Chancellor continued to dock here until the year 1896. This dock 
extended out to the channel and was known as the Chancellor Dock. 
There was a large waiting room and freight shed. The boys used the 
dock as a recreation pier for swimming, fishing and boating in the 
good old summertime. The boats from Bayonne to New York took 
25 minutes. 

In 1840, with the creation of Hudson County by an act of the 
Legislature, the inhabitants of the peninsula began to take more in- 
terest in organized government, but it was not until 1861 that the 
movement came to fruitation in the election of township committee- 
men. The first school house was built in 1840 and was known as the 
little red school house located on the Plank Road which is now Broad- 
way between 27th and 28th Streets, where Engine Company Fire 
House now stands. In 1855 Brooks, father of Police Inspector Brooks 
of New York was the teacher. John E. Andrus, later Mayor of 
Yonkers, taught this school a few years later. Air. Andrus was known 
in New York in later years as the Millionaire Strap Hanger, as he 
rode in the subways to and from business. He owned a large drug 
business in New York and it is said that he was the means of bringing 
the Standard Oil Company to the Hook which made 21st Street the 
business street for some time. 

Before the Civil War the present 22nd Street was a residental 
street. All the way back to Newark Bay at the shore on Avenue A 
lay Captain Behline's Estate, one of the show places, afterwards owned 
by Conrad Muller who built the first large brick apartments at Broad- 
way and 7th Street in Bergen Point. The Close Estate was located 
at 19th Street adjoining Air. Andrew Cadmus's Farm. The first 
artisian well was driven on the Knoll or terrace upon which stood the 
Close Homestead. The Carteret Gun Club was on the Cadmus Farm 
in Centerville. The Club was enclosed by an eight foot fence and was 
located north of 16th Street to 19th Street, a row of trees dividing 
the Close Farm from the Cadmus Farm between Avenue C and A 
surrounded by trees. Shoots for live birds (Pigeons) were held here 
twice a week and on holidays to the delight of Pot Hunters and small 
boys, who with sawed-off muskets and even revolvers crowded about 
the fence waiting for a bird to escape. After a protest from the public, 



due to accidents, the club house was moved to First Street, and Center- 
ville lost its shooting grounds. 

John Goodheart, who lived on the shore, ferried people across the 
Kills in a skiff, for considerable time, and Nicholas Cubberly also 
conveyed passengers over whenever required. A horse boat was in 
operation between 1840-50. 


The vigorous, jolly Irish began to invade Bayonne after 1840. 
And of course, they made themselves powerfully felt as wide awake 
and progressive citizens. 

At that time Bergen County extended as far south as Constable's 
Hook. By Legislature enactment, part of Bergen County, including 
the Bergen Neck was changed to the County of Hudson, named in 
honor of Henry Hudson. 

Bayswater Yacht Club at the foot of East 44th Street and New 
York Bay shore was another occupant of quarters that are of historical 
interest to the city. 

A few years before the Civil War Captain William B. Elsworth 
resided, when not at sea, in South Jersey near Freehold, making 
Barnegat his port. The trip home was made by stage coach and the 
road leading through woods over fallen trees and other obstructions 
thus making his home-coming rather difficult. Captain Elsworth com- 
missioned David B. Salter, a builder of those days and grandfather of 
Counsellor William D. Salter, to secure a site somewhere in Pamrapo 
and erect a residence thereon for him and his family. Neither Cap- 
tain Elsworth nor his wife saw the building before it was finished. 
When the Captain, returning from a trip at sea, came with his wife to 
inspect their new home, it was said by a .surviving member of the 
family that they were not pleased with the selection of the site, as Mr. 
Salter apparently thought Captain Elsworth loved the sea, built the 
house as close to the water as he dared ; in fact, the water came within 
a few feet of the kitchen door at high tide and during storms it washed 
into the house many a time. This building is the left hand portion of 
the four buildings composing Bayswater Yacht Club. Captain Elsworth 
owned the lot next door to his own residence and he had a boon com- 
panion, Captain Kramer by name, who wanted to be near his friend, 
Elsworth, and so had Mr. Salter duplicate the first structure on the 
north of the Elsworth property and these two families resided there 
for many years. To hold back the sea, Captain Elsworth constructed 
the wall which still stands. 



Soon after reaching the age of sixty years, Captain Elsworth 
retired from the sea, expressing his belief that no man over sixty 
should sail the seas. It was then that he started some of his sons at 
farming and with others he started what had grown to be the great 
Elsworth oyster business. 

Afterwards, Captain Elsworth and his family removed to the 
building which stood until a few years ago at the foot of East 36th 
Street and New York Bay. Later on Bob Fish purchased the lot be- 
tween the Elsworth and Kramer residences and constructed thereon a 
boat shop in which he manufactured a type of boat which he made 
famous called "The Smoothing Iron." He had as his partner in this 
venture, Edward Morton, who a few years later lost his life by drown- 
ing, owing to an accident on a boat. The history of this building then 
consisted of three units and it lacked further interest until about the 
year 1880 when Dorrington & Hogan who came over to New York 
from England with a theatrical troop, took over the property and con- 
ducted a public hall or hotel erecting a dining room on the north of the 
Kramer home thus making the fourth section of the building. Here 
many dances and entertainments were held and some of the best talent 
in vaudeville of those days appeared. 

In 1908 David Allen and others incorporated the Bayswater Yacht 
Club and after conducting it for two years, surrendered the steward- 
ship in 19 10 to Fred Lumbreyer. He resigned later on and passed 
the stewardship over to Fred Ulrich. 

During the stewardship, Lumbreyer who did gilding at Barnegat 
during the winter months, provided the clubhouse with many tro- 
phies of the hunt, both on land and water. Canvasback duck, English 
pheasants and many others of the feathery tribe were at the club- 
house as well as a mermaid from the Indian Ocean, porcupine fish, 
swordfish and a large dolphin which he shot in front of the club- 
house. This finny monster measured over eight feet and was one 
of the sights of the clubhhouse. 

Cholera broke out again in 1849 an d there were so many deaths, 
that James Van Buskirk of the Hook, laid out new burial grounds 
on Constable's Hook, East 22nd Street and Avenue I. 

About 1850 a stage route was established by George Anderson 
and was operated by him from Centerville, at the Mansion House, 
corner of the Hook Road and the Plankroad to Jersey City and New 
York. This was the only means of public conveyance between these 
sections in use until the construction of the "Dummy Railroad" by 



the Jersey City and Bergen Point Railroad Company in i860. This 
two-horse stage brought mail from Jersey City to Mullaney's Post 
Office in Pamrapo. 

Around 1850 pleasure boats sailed on the Kills and a ferry from 
Elizabethport, which stopped at Bayonne and then proceeded to 
Xew York, Pier 14, Washington Market, were in existence. 

White's Hotel stood where Wigdor's Jewelry store now stands. 
The rear of the present store is part of the hotel and can still be 
seen. This hotel was the scene of many dances and minstrel shows. 
Stage coaches left from this corner. The hotel was later known as 
Fitzpatrick's, Charles Fitzpatrick a southerner acquiring it. He built 
an addition to the building in the early 8o's for rollerskating which 
was the rage at that time. 

Bayonne was the first place in the United States to manufacture 
artificial teeth. The first person to introduce the process of enameling 
teeth was Dr. Jahiel Parmley in 1850. Dr. Parmley's windmill stood 
at 40 Avenue C at the corner of Second Street. 

In 1853 there were only four or five New York families in Bergen 
Point and the lower portion of the Plank Road from Third Street 
to the post office was occupied entirely by oystermen and boatmen, who 
had but limited ideas of improvements. They styled New Yorkers 
as "foreigners." 

At the annual town meeting in the spring of 1855, it was decided 
to hold the spring and fall elections at Egbert Wauters' hotel on the 
Plank Road, to elect three constables and to raise $3,300 for support 
of schools, $500 for repairs to roads and $300 for the poor. James 
H. Farrant, George Anderson and Aaron Y. P. Jones were elected 
as Town Constables. 

In 1857 an act was passed by the Legislature authorizing the 
appointment of commissioners for the laying out of streets and 
avenues in that part of Bergen Township south of the Morris Canal 
in Hudson County and the Commissioners thus appointed were : 
Andrew D. Mellick, Jacob A. Van Horn, Jacob M. Vreeland, Hartman 
Vreeland and Egbert Wauters who were required to complete their 
work within two years from the passage of this act. By a supple- 
ment to this act, approved April 7, 1868 Hiram Van Buskirk, Solon 
Humphreys, Henry Meigs, Jr., John Combes and Erastus Randall 
were appointed Commissioners and their powers were prescribed "to 
cease on the first day of May, 1873." 




Pre-Civil War Days and the La Tourette Hotel, Prominent Families. 

Captain robert fish, a yacht modeler and designer, came to 
Bayonne from New York in i860. His original home at 98 
East Forty- fourth Street is still standing. Fish's Lane, named 
in honor of Captain Fish is located in Pamrapo in the vicinity of 
Forty- fourth Street and New York Bay. It was a pretty little settle- 
ment at the shore in those days. Some of the houses located here 
were the O'Brien house (since moved and taken over by the Bays- 
water Yacht Club), the Taylor home; Mrs. A. S. Hatch lived in the 
Gunther place which was where the American Radiator plant now 
stands. Mr. Spates, who was a New York official used to land at 
the waterfront coming to Bayonne in a boat. Pat McGiehan was a 
boat-builder here and John Lang had a boat-yard. 

New York Bay, during this era, was said by world travelers, to 
be more beautiful than the Bay of Naples. The people living here 
had their own docks and private boats and bathed on the beach all 
along the shore. 

Captain Fish later built the Tower house which is still standing. 
Some say he built the tower on the house to get away from the mos- 
quitoes while others say his wife liked to sit up there and look over 
the Bay. He built a couple of other tower houses, one of which was 
occupied by the Chamberlain family. Miss Harriet Fish, his only 
surviving daughter, is still living in Bayonne although she has trav- 
eled extensively and spends most of her summers in California and 
she can tell many interesting stories about the growth of Bayonne. 
She enjoys telling stories about Bayonne when it was a pretty little 
suburban village. She lived on the Isle of Wight for three or four 
years while her father was designing some yachts. 

Mr. J. F. Loubat, an American gentleman who made his home 
abroad, bought the yacht "Enchantress" from George Lorillard who 
had had her built in this country after a model used by Robert Fish. 
At the close of the yachting season of 1873 in American waters, Mr. 
Loubat went abroad, his yacht having preceded him. He engaged 
the services of Mr. Fish who went to England to superintend and 



direct the alterations he proposed making on her. She was length- 
ened and otherwise improved at an expense of more than twenty 
thousand dollars. During the long cruisings of the "Enchantress," 
she visited the principal ports and capitals of the Old World and 
wherever she anchored she was received with "all honors" her gen- 
erous owner receiving and dispensing unstinted hospitalities and cour- 
tesies. She was sailed by Captain Fish whose handling of the 
"Sappho," to whom England's best lowered their colors, is a matter 
of yachting history. The "Enchantress" it is believed, was the first 
American yacht to visit Stockholm. 

Captain Fish lived on the Isle of Wight with his family for about 
three years. He also designed other yachts, among them were the 
"Challenge," built from one of his models and Louis Lorillard's yacht, 
"Wanderer" which was built at Greenpoint. Among the famous 
open boats built or modeled by Mr. Fish were the "Fulton" and the 
"Bob Fish." The Fulton won in the famous races of New Jersey 
against New York. The "Bob Fish" was built for Bergen Point 
owners but afterward she became the property of Colonel Varian of 
this city. She won a number of races. 


At Captain Robert Fish's Funeral, "The Snow was falling yester- 
day when Captain Fish the yacht-builder, was buried in New York 
Bay Cemetery, Pamrapo, New Jersey. "We were sailing," said the 
Rev. R. M. Alysworth, who conducted the services in the Pamrapo 
Methodist Church, "over the troubled ocean from which Captain 
Fish has landed. His life, filled with activity, was a romance. Trav- 
elling in many lands, in different classes of society, he made friends 
wherever he went." He was 70 years old. 

On the coffin lay a wreath and an anchor of white flowers, one of 
which was the gift of J. F. Loubat, formerly the owner of the schooner 
"Enchantress" which Captain Fish modelled for Mr. Lorillard. Cap- 
tain Fish sailed with Mr. Loubat for three years. The pall-bearers 
were Captain Joe Ellsworth, owner of the sloops "Admiral" and 
"Captain" and other yachts; William Ellsworth, E. C. Allaire, Jr., 
Daniel and Jasper Cadmus of Pamrapo and Peter Stewart, sailmaker 
of New York. Present were Messrs. J. F. Loubat, Samuel H. Pine, 
shipbuilder of Brooklyn; \V. J. Jones of Jones & Dobb, ship painters 
in New York ; James Stewart of New York ; Phillip Ellsworth, who 
modelled the yacht "Montauk," A. Cary Smith, yacht designer; Elia 
Morton, W. Bishop, of New York and W. B. Nichols of East 74th 



Street in New York for whom Captain Fish built the "Julia," the 
"Summing" and other yachts and for whom at the time of his death 
he was about to build a yacht of which he has left the model. 

In April 1887 Mr. J. F. Loubat compiled a scrap-book of his 
cruises and races in the "Enchantress" and he dedicated it to the 
memory of her designer and sailing master, the late Captain Robert 

Captain Fish is survived by a daughter, Harriet, who for the 
past twenty years has lived at 6 Avenue B with her niece Rhoda 
Walborn who is a granddaughter of his and who is a Librarian in 
the Public Library. Another granddaughter, Mrs. G. Alfred Esty 
lives at 14 Wesley Court and also has a very beautiful home in 
Uplands, California, where she spends most of her summers. Edward 
Walborn is a grandson who resides in Plainfield, New Jersey. 


In i860 a Lyceum and Lecture Hall was built at the foot of 
Newman Avenue and First Street, on the Mackie Estate. 

In 1 86 1, by an act of Legislature, the township of Bayonne was 
set off from the town of Bergen. This same year Albert M. Za- 
briskie was appointed the first Chosen Freeholder of Bayonne. 

The first elected Committeemen of the Township of Bayonne held 
their first meeting for the transaction of business April 13, 1861 at 
the home of H. B. Beaty in Centerville, named so by reason of its 
being in a central location. Mr. Beaty was a former Sheriff of Hudson 
County. i 

At this time Bayonne was composed of Saltersville, which is now 
known as the Third Ward ; Centerville, Bergen Point and Constable's 
Hook. There were only three stores in this entire section. One was 
kept by Michael Mullaney at Saltersville. Another was in Center- 
ville and kept by Hansan Carragan. Robert A. Ansart was the pro- 
prietor of the third which was located at Bergen Point. Later 
G. D. L. Zabriskie opened a country store on the Old Plank Road 
opposite the La Tourette House stables. These stores kept a supply 
of everything from wooden buttons, to hardware, tinware, dry goods, 
boots, shoes, clothing and tobacco. A post office was in most of these 
stores and the folks would congregate for their mail and gossip about 
the oyster war. A two horse express operated by Jacob Mersalle 
carried the mail to and from New York each dav and was the only 



public conveyance to Jersey City and New York at that time. The 
ride on the stage was a rather long and tiresome one and very bleak 
in winter. In the summer, however, it was most delightful, espe- 
cially along the old Plank Road, which wound around and through 
the woods most of the way. 

Hess Sharrett erected the building in 1830 which was later sold 
to Mullaney and where the post office was located. 

"Mike" Mullaney, who was the proprietor of the general store in 
Pamrapo was usually a very jolly Irishman joking and telling stories 
with those who came into the store but there were times when he 
became angry, too. The old-timers tell how soda crackers were kept 
in a barrel and usually when a customer wanted some, the cat had to 
be chased off the barrel to get to the crackers. Some of the town 
sports often dropped into the store and Mullaney kept whiskey in 
the back shed and had a glass tube to get into it and often times 
when these sports got together and had a few drinks they would 
wind up by racing on the old Speedway and bet on the races. 


The La Tourette Hotel, which stood at the foot of First Street 
and Kill van Kull, was built at the close of the Revolutionary War 
by the founder of the Du Pont Family and named (Bon Se Jouis) 
or "Good Stay." The Center building was the original and this was the 
chateau where the Admiral Francis S. DuPont of the United States 
Navy was born. The DuPont family made their home here until 
1806 when it was sold to Raphael Duplanty and in turn Duplanty sold 
it to Elias Burger in 1808. Burger, by will dated March 1, 18 16, 
proved March 17, 1827 gave the property to his daughter, Maria, wife 
of James R. Mullaney, and it was sold by her heirs to David La 
Tourette in 1845. La Tourette added the north and west wings to the 
old chateau and in 1857 he replaced the original name by the center 
structure and afterward built the east wing and called it "The La 
Tourette Hotel." For over a century New York's oldest and 
wealthiest residents enjoyed many pleasant sojourns at this famous 
resort which for years was the center of social life. 

The fame of the old La Tourette spread far beyond Bayonne. 
In 1840 it was visited by President Chester A. Arthur, General Sher- 
man, Garibaldi, U. S. Grant, Mark Twain, Mrs. Leslie Carter and 
other celebrities. 

The La Tourette was a highlight in the 6o's. It was the first 



large hotel on the Jersey coast in the 19th Century having more than 
200 rooms. There was a small house located back of the hotel which 
was the home of the slaves who served the hotel before Civil War 
days. Slavery was accepted in Bayonne at that time. Abraham 
Lincoln had not arrived on the scene. Back of the hotel were car- 
riage sheds where pre-Civil War dandies helped their bustled ladies 
from their carriages. A road to the hotel grounds led from Avenue 
D, now called Broadway. 

At that time the shore front of Newark Bay was dotted with 
beautiful estates which were occupied by very wealthy people. They 
had their coachmen and teams of horses and all the luxuries that 
go with wealth. They had their individual boat houses and pleasure 
boats and bathed from their own grounds. The setting was pic- 
turesque. The lower end of Bayonne was one of the choicest of 
New York's environs. It was sometimes called, "The Newport of 
New York." Society folk from New York, Jersey City, Staten 
Island and Elizabeth were guests at the La Tourette for the summer 
and many men commuted to their places of business in New York by 
boat, "The Red Jacket," which left about nine in the morning and 
brought them back about five in the afternoon. Bayonne ranked with 
Saratoga as a watering place. 

High black hansoms, drawn by fine thoroughbred horses and driven 
by fat-beer-drinking coachmen were used by fine gentlemen who came 
home on the ferry weary, from a hard day at the Stock Exchange. 
Among these eminent gentlemen who "commuted" to New York in the 
good old days was the president of the Stock Exchange himself. He 
lived in the fine old La Tourette Hotel, which was regarded as the 
swankiest place to be found. The Kills provided the finest resort 
places to be found in that era. Magnificent old houses lined the 
shore with their beautifully kept green lawns which slipped down 
to the water. The Winants place stood at the end of Lexington 

Many social events were held under the La Tourette roof. Balls, 
regattas, musicals were amusements of Bayonne Society when large 
mansions occupied much of the peninsula up to what is now Sixteenth 
Street. Nearly every home had its private ballroom and affairs too 
large to be held in private residences were given at the famed hotel 
overlooking the Kills or at one of the aristocratic clubs of those days. 
Quite a number of millionaires have been residents of Bayonne during 
the last century. 




Many notable families who made noteworthy contributions to 
America as well as Bayonne made their homes in our healthful city 
in the early days. Among others were: George B. Spearin, Jr., Avenue 
A at Eighth Street called "Crow's Nest" ; Solon Humphreys "Pep- 
peridge"; T. Y. Brown; M. R. Cook; Geo. Spearin, Sr., on Third 
Street between Lord and Lexington Avenues; Bainbridge Smith Six- 
teenth Street and Avenue A; Mayor Stephen K. Lane's mansion was 
between Fourteenth and Fifteenth Streets on Avenue A; Captain 
LaTourette had property on the Kills near Rabineau Street; Benjamin 
T. Kissam of the Vanderbilt family of Manhattan ; Daly's Point op- 
posite the lighthouse, old mansion with orchards all around; Charles 
Beach ; E. S. White lived at First Street and Avenue C which became 
Meister's shorehouse; T. R. Jennings; Mose Van Horn; Gunther's 
Point (who are the New York fur people) where Babcock dock now 
is; Col. Doubleday lived at 94 Avenue C. He was the originator of 
baseball in America. 

General William L. Morris, who served in the Mexican War 
(1846-48) and also later in the Civil War, had his home on Newark 
Bay between Eighth and Ninth Streets. 

Rufus Story, a New York importer, came to Bayonne in 1850 
and built a mansion on First Street and Broadway. He was the 
father of four daughters and the house was the social center for many 
activities of the Post Civil War period. 

Jacob R. Schuyler came to Bayonne in i860 and lived in one 
of the show places of the Newark Bay shore front at Eleventh Street. 
The Schuyler family were direct descendants of General Philip Ed- 
ward Schuyler who helped General Gates win the battle of Saratoga, 
in the Revolutionary War. Philip Schuyler was the father-in-law 
of Alexander Hamilton. It was in this home that the wedding of 
Susanna Edwards Schuyler and Nicholas Murray Butler, then of 
Elizabeth, and now President of Columbia University, took place. 
P. Cran, local florist furnished the decorations for the wedding. 




The coming of the Civil War greatly disturbed the citizens of 
Bayonne. Everywhere the war was the one topic for discussion ; 
in the fields, at the meeting houses, by the fireside at home. The 
excitement was so intense that farming and other business was ne- 
glected. Finally in the spring of 1861 war broke out and so high 
was the public feeling that every young man in the community was 
either enlisted or was in training to enlist as a soldier or sailor. Only 
old men and boys remained at home to work the farms. 

For some years previous to the outbreak of the war of the 
Rebellion, there was a military organization known as the Close Light 
Guards named in honor of Joseph Bailey Close who organized and 
outfitted the Company at his own personal expense. James B. Close 
was a son of Joseph Bailey Close by a first marriage. The Close 
Light Guards were a well-trained outfit and when news was received 
of the bombardment of Fort Sumter, its ranks were doubled with 
patriotic recruits and on May 1, 1861 the organization was mustered 
into service as Company E, of the Second Infantry, New Jersey 

The Close Light Guards drilled at the Mansion House which was 
then located on Fifty-third Street and the Plank Road now Avenue B 
owned and managed by Thomas Churchill. Mr. Churchill then gave 
this up and it was occupied by John Mitchell and his family. Mr. 
Churchill then opened a Mansion House at Avenue D and Forty- 
seventh Street which he ran for some time. This building stands 
today and it looks just as it looked then with the exception of the 
removal of the shed over the sidewalk. It is now a tavern owned 
by Henry Muller. 

Captain John T. Van Buskirk, who had been in charge of training 
the Light Guards was soon after to become a Major with his cousin 
Hiram Van Buskirk becoming officer of Company E. Joseph B. 
Close was included in the roll of those who enlisted for service at the 
start of the hosilities. 

The command left for the south almost immediately, being trans- 
ported by canal boats and barges to Annapolis. Later the Company 



was moved to Washington, D. C. The Command was returned to 
Trenton at the end of three months, the period for which the men 
had first enlisted, but most of the members soon re-enlisted in the 
Twenty-first Infantry and again were sent to Washington. They 
took part in the Battle of Antietam and later served with distinction 
in the bloody battles that were fought at Fredericksburg, Chancel- 
lorsville, Salem Heights and Franklin's Crossing. 

Many of the Bayonne soldiers were singled out for exceptional 
bravery and courage in battle. The unexpected lengthening of the 
war called for longer enlistments. Bayonne men re-enlisted for the 
duration of the conflict and participated in other major battles that 
were fought before General Robert E. Lee surrendered in 1865. The 
story of the patriotism and bravery displayed by Bayonne's veterans 
in the Civil War will always remain a bright spot in the City's history. 

It is estimated that Bayonne sent 500 of its finest and best to 
the battlefields during the four years of strife in the Civil War. The 
passing years have taken their toll of those who survived the con- 
flict and the veterans of the Grand Army of the Republic have gone 
to join the Great Emancipator. 

There was only one Bayonne officer in the Confederate Army, 
Major Alexander Redwood who lived at 23 Schuyler Court. Serv- 
ing as officers of the North were Abney Doubleday, Colonel Hiram 
Van Buskirk, Captain John Van Buskirk, Lieutenant Alexander Law- 
son, Captain Andrew Van Buskirk. Some of the privates were : John 
Carragan, Hanson Cadmus, George W. Odell, Charles B. Salter, 
Peter Garrabrandt, Thomas J. "Sharott, John R. Tuttle, Samuel M. 
Odell, Lawrence Gill, Richard McT3onald, John O. Vreeland, Archie 
G. Welsh, Richard Chaffer, Andrew Ford and others. 

Food prices soared during the war; milk was sold at 30 cents a 
quart, yeast as high as 20 cents and tea was $1.50 per pound. 

For several years following the Civil W r ar, the veterans of the 
Close Light Guard held an annual "rally round the flag pole" on the 
Close Estate. Open house was kept upon such occasions and refresh- 
ments flowed freely. These consisted of sandwiches and home baked 
foods, prepared by the ladies of the Close family. 

A Military Company, wearing the French uniform, called the 
Wilson Zouaves, camped for nearly a year on the property which 
later became a picnic grove on the Newark Bay shore in Pamrapo. 
This Company was not composed of local men. They were full of 
fun and tricks and always in mischief. The French Company never 



did any real harm but they did seem to have a great liking for 
chickens which they appropriated whenever a chicken house was avail- 
able. Anyone ever having the opportunity of seeing the Zouaves 
drill will never forget it, and the writer had this opportunity at the 
Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Blues and the Grays at Gettysburg 
July 4, 1938. 




In 1865 Bayonne boasted of 1,700 population. The Jersey City 
and Bergen Point Railroad Company operated a line which was 
called the "Dummy Line" which consisted of a combination engine 
and passenger car, something on the order of the old steam cars famed 
in New York City legend. This line began just west of the La Tourette 
House in Bergen Point and ran through private property between 
Avenue C and D to where Garrett's Hotel now stands at 32nd Street 
and Broadway from which place it crossed the old Plank Road and 
continued north, close to what is now Broadway, thence to the Junction 
in Greenville. At that point passengers for Jersey City and New York 
changed to horse cars for the ferry. The time of travel was from one 
and one-half hours one way, according to how the engine felt, and the 
fare was 25 cents. The passengers were often obliged to walk in mud 
owing to the fact that the engine was always breaking down. By 
ordinances passed by the Town Council of both Jersey City and Ber- 
gen the steam dummy was forbidden to operate. The Jersey City 
ordinance went so far as to direct police to enforce the rule by taking 
the dummy from the track and extinguishing the fires. The Dummy 
Road ceased operation in 1872. 

"retired sea captains" 
Bayonne was a popular residence for retired sea Captains. Among 
these were Captain Winant who settled at Bergen Point, Captain Ward 
who built a home on Avenue D between 2nd and 3rd Streets and 
Captain Bailey, who had a very beautiful home on 25th Street and 
Newark Bay shore. 

"the first submarine" 
The first submarine was tried out in the Kills historic waters. It 
was invented by an Irishman named John Patrick Holland. At first 
it would not work. It was built in Elizabethport secretly and was first 
tried out in Newark Bay. Holland tried to sell the patent to the 
United States Government but they wouldn't buy it and later the Ger- 
man Government bought it. The first time it went through the Kills, 
crowds of people gathered along the shore and watched that funny 



cigar-shaped thing with the tube projection, out of which Holland 
stuck his head, as the crowds stared and cheered. In one of the first 
tests a hen and a dog were put into the submarine and it was lowered 
under the water for 15 minutes and when it came up the hen and the 
dog were still alive, so it was pronounced safe. The original sub- 
marine is now in a park in Paterson, New Jersey. 

Bayonne's first public hall, was Derby's Hall. It was a frame 
building constructed in the 6o's. Dr. Derby, who was an old army 
surgeon had his office in the building. It also housed Ayer's Drug 
Store. Mr. Ayer would never sell anything but drugs in his store. He 
believed that a druggist was a druggist and a merchant a merchant. 
His store was believed to be one of the most typical drug stores in the 
country. It was a monument to an idea as far removed from the 
modern idea of a drug store as it is possibe to be. 

The first coal dock at Port Johnston on the Kills was completed 
and in operation in July of 1866. This place became one of the prin- 
cipal coal depots in the country. It was named in honor of the Presi- 
dent of the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey at that time. 
Today it is a graveyard for discarded vessels and because it is such, 
artists are seen there frequently with their easels. 

Squire Miller, Justice of the Peace, was a familiar character in 
the 1880's. He rode a white horse and wore a plug hat and was 
always ready to try a case on the street. He was a dignitary of the 
first order. 

The Bergen Point and Staten Island Ferry Company came into 
existence in 1868. There were various managements and old-timers 
will recall the "Seneca," "West Point" (later the Bergen Point), the 
"Lark" and the "Shanley" as some of the boats that plied between 
Bergen Point and Port Richmond. 

Alfred W. Booth and Brother transacted a general lumber, timber 
and coal business including the manufacturing of doors, sash, mould- 
ings and all kinds of mill work. The business was started by William 
K. Smith in 1868. He was succeeded by the firm of Barney and 
Booth and subsequently in 1877 by A. \Y. Booth and Brother. The 
concern was the oldest of its kind in Bayonne or in the County of 
Hudson. In June 19 12 a new and larger mill was erected which 
contained the most modern machinery and has been described as the 
finest, most complete and up-to-date plant of its kind in eastern New 
Jersev. The trade was not confined to Bayonne but extended to all 
parts of Hudson County and other parts of the state and Staten 



Island. The plant included a dock located at tide water, where lumber 
and timber were received and shipped. By this method, material 
passed from the manufacturer to the consumer with only one hand- 

Emmett Smith was a native of Hudson County. While in his 
'teens, he entered the office of Mallory and Muller a firm 'of Jersey 
City civil engineers as a junior assistant surveyor and engineer. Pie 
went into business for himself while still a young man establishing 
an office in the Greenville section of Jersey City in 1866. After com- 
ing to Bayonne he built the brick building which still stands on Avenue 
E and the corner of 30th Street across from the present City Hall, 
the first or ground floor of which served as the offices of Smith and 

He became City Surveyor in 1868 and thoroughly revised the 
plans for laying out and mapping the prospective streets, avenues and 
squares of Bayonne Township. He was named City Surveyor and 
Engineer by the councilmen and with the exception of several short 
intermissions, he held the position until his death. He was one of the 
organizing directors and President of the Bayonne Trust Company, a 
director of the Bayonne City Hospital and Dispensary, one of the 
founders of the Democratic Club, a member of the Newark Bay Boat 
Club, the Bayonne Rowing Association and New Jersey Athletic 
Club and Bayonne Lodge F. & A. M. No. 99. At the time of his 
death John J. Cain was the Mayor. 




First Board of Education; First Board of Health; Fire Department Organized 

Bayonne was incorporated a City March 19, 1869 by an 
overwhelming vote of the citizenry. At this time the popula- 
tion was 4,000. The new Charter provided for the election of 
a Mayor and Aldermen every two years. 

The first election, under the city charter took place Tuesday, 
April 13, 1869 when Henry Meigs, Jr., of the First Ward, a wealthy 
business man in New York, was elected Mayor. He served for five 
terms from 1869 to 1879. Rufus Story, William L. Beaumont, 
Charles C. Hough, Jacob R. Schuyler, John Combes and Joe Elsworth 
were elected members of the Common Council. William Meyers, 
Principal of one of the Public Schools was elected Recorder. The 
initial meeting of the Common Council took place Monday, April 26, 
1869 in Carragan's Hall, Broadway and Twenty-second Street. This 
later became the City Hall. Jacob R. Schuyler was elected President 
of the Council, Francis T. Smith, City Clerk ; Samuel T. Brown, who 
was a rich merchant doing business in New York, was elected Treas- 
urer; John H. Carragan was Collector of Revenue; Col. Hiram Van 
Buskirk, Street Commissioner ; Emmett Smith was City Surveyor 
and City Engineer; William H. H. Johnson, City Attorney; Leon 
Abbott, later to be elected twice as Governor, was City Council ; 
Edward Perry, Overseer of the Poor. 

Members of the Board of Education appointed by the Council 
were : Dr. Frederick G. Payn, who served for ten years ; David C. 
Halstead, Charles Davis, Nathan Bartlett, John W. Russell, William 
D. Meyers, Secretary ; John Van Buskirk, Jr. ; Cornelius V. H. 
Vreeland, and Joshua H. Jones. 

Horseracing was one of the chief sports during that period and 
the Plank Road was the scene of many a lively contest. 

The last meeting of the Board of Committeemen for the Township 
was held April 26, 1869. 

The first Bayonne newspaper published was the Bayonne Herald 
and Greenville Register established December 25, 1869, a weekly pub- 



lication with Russell Graves, Editor, and who was succeeded by Col. 
Harry Page. 

On August 31, 1869 an ordnance was passed to establish and 
regulate a Police Department and ordered that this should be ap- 
pointed by the Council of the City of Bayonne. It should be com- 
posed of one person from each ward to be called Policemen, one of 
whom should be designated or called Chief of Police. George B. 
Whitney was appointed the first chief. He was the man who for 
years campaigned to get the railroad through Bayonne. Michael 
Connolly and C. Van Dorn were the first policemen, being appointed 
by Mayor Meigs. 

On December 7, 1869 an ordnance was passed to grade Avenue D 
from the Morris Canal to Cottage Street and on June 22nd of the 
same year, the first Board of Health was created in the City. 

Harry Meigs, son of Bayonne's first Mayor was a member of the 
first Board of Plealth. In those days women's skirts were long, drag- 
ging the ground and there were no pavements. Purely from a sanitary 
standpoint, Harry Meigs advocated short skirts. His campaign for 
this innovation gained nation-wide notoriety and newspapers both 
complimented him and condemned him for his project. The -New 
York Times gave a whole page to the subject in one issue. 

Taken from Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register, 1869 

3rd Ward is quite a place of resort and entertainment. 

Every Week Something Going On. 

The enterprising proprietor on Sept. 1, 1869 presented 

Benjamin's Variety and Minstrel Troupe 

Which Gave Much Satisfaction. 

(August 14, 1869) 


Prop., Mr. A. Salter 

Picnic Grounds Dancing Platform 

Music Every Wednesday Evening 

The Most Glorious Woodland of New York 

Tents, Swings, and Every Moral and Physical Enjoyment Are to Be 

Found in These Grounds of This Family Hotel 

Preaching in the Woods Every Sunday Afternoon 




Overlooks Newark Bay 

Presents A Range of View That Takes in Large Picturesque Territory 

Building Surrounded by Ancient Willow Trees 

(There were 50 guests at hotel at this time) 


Paints and BrusJies 
Rice, Flour, Spices, Soda, Cornstarch, Oatmeal, Mustard, etc. 



Dinners, etc. 

On December 14, 1869 the Council moved to new quarters in the 
City Hall room (Hendrickson's Building) on Avenue D corner of 
Maple Avenue (now 31st Street and Broadway) and they continued 
to hold their meetings at that place for the next five years. 

Hansen Carragan built the building where Llendrickson's now 
stands where there was a grocery store and two floors above. The 
City Council met on the second floor. Egbert Mellick ran a grocery 
store after Carragan and in 1878 Peter Wolff opened a saloon there, 
which he ran until around 1887 when he sold out to Charles Hendrick- 
son. The building was completely renovated a few years ago and con- 
verted into a modern one where man}' activities take place. 

Taken from Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register, March 23, 1870 


M. E. Sabbath School Exhibition 

Salter's Hall 

Door Opens 7 P. M. 

Exercises to Commence at 7 1/2 P. M. 

Tickets 25 Cents 

Saturday, August 13, 1870 

New Jersey 



Bergen Point 



Is Now Open for the Entertainment of Guests 
Will Keep Constantly on Hand 


Meals Got Up to Order at All Hours Soft Crabs Served to Order 

G. W. White, Prop. 


Ice Cream, Ices, Soda and Mineral Water, etc. 

Opp. Bergen Point Railroad Depot 

Bayonne City 

The subscriber respectfully announces to the public that he keeps on 

hand the best quality of 


also that he has fitted and furnished the new building throughout in the 

most complete manner with all the conveniences and comforts of a 

home for travelers or regular boarders 

Ice Cream Supplied Promptly to Order to Families or to 

Parties Upon Notice 

J. Stringham, Proprietor 


Bergen Point 

Sessions September 15th to June 20th 

For Particulars Apply to Mrs. W. Tozvnsend Ford 

Taken from ''Local Items" 
April 16, 1870 

An old negro named Uncle Joe, once a slave of the Van Buskirk 
family of New Jersey, voted last Tuesday under the 15th Amendment 
for the first time. 

Mrs. Robert Lewis was electioneering last Tuesday on an Inde- 
pendent Woman's Rights ticket. She anticipates the 16th Amendment. 

The new North Shore boat "Staten Island" will not be completed 
before August. In the meantime the "Pomona" "Hunt" and "Hugue- 
not" will make ten trips each way daily. 

Taken from "Local 1 1 cms" August 13, 1870 

Mr. G. H. White of the Mansion Mouse at Centcrville, has pur- 
chased the Van Horn Estate at the extreme end of Bergen Point and 



will open this week a first-class retreat for fishing, boating, bathing, etc. 
the facilities for which are excellent. 

In August 1870 the Hudson County Times Weekly was established 
by Edward Gardner and published at Bergen Point by the Times Print- 
ing Company of Jersey City. 

The first annual tax assessment under City Charter was fixed by an 
ordinance passed in September of this year and amounted to $31,620. 

On August 30, 1870 an ordinance was passed to regulate swimming 
and bathing within the limits of Bayonne, that no person, unless 
clothed from the neck and armpits to the knees shall bathe or swim 
within 400 yards of the shore front. 

The Bayonne Times was established in 1870. 

An ordinance was passed to establish, regulate and control a fire 
department and the first one was organized November 15, 1870 in 
Pamrapo with a membership of about 35 and this was called the 
Bayonne Hook and Ladder Company. Other companies followed and 
every ambitious citizen identified himself with some one of the volun- 
teer fire department companies and the membership lists contain the 
names of Mayor, councilmen, school trustees, health commissioners, 
county freeholders, etc. In 1870 there were three equipments with a 
total of about one hundred and twenty men. Fire alarms were 
sounded bv the church bells. Steel locomotive tires, cut and hunp - bv 
chains were struck with sledge hammers just as one still sees in the 
rural sections of the country today. 

A match factory known as the Standard Match and Sulphur Works 
was located here under leadership of C. T. White. 

There was a saloon in the Fifth Ward owned by William Early 
and later run by McGeehan. Dick Dorsey who was known as the 
"Mayor of the Sixth Ward" took it over at a later date. John Trollan 
ran a saloon known as "The Mad House." 

The firm of William Laubenheimer & Bros, was established in the 
city in 1870 and is still serving the city with the best anthracite coal, 
coke, fuel oil, charcoal, fertilizers, etc. 

The fares charged on the Dummy Road in 1870 in Bayonne to or 
from Jersey City was 14 cents or 9 tickets for $1.00. Bergen Point to 
Jersey City 15 cents or 7 tickets for $1.00. 

The Chemical Works and Reynolds Paint Works were established 
here and reported good business. 

Donnell's Shorehouse was well known and yachting parties often 



had dinners in this famous place which specialized in oysters and 
clams. It was in Bayonne that clams were first cooked by steaming. 
The shorehouse was located on the Kills where it operated from 1850 
on. There was a large turtle here for years. It had been caught in 
Staten Island. The date carved on its shell indicated that it was 60 
years old when picked up at Donnell's. Mr. Frank Dobson was the 
last owner of the shorehouse. 

The first sewer main known as the Cottage Street sewer was built 
in 1 870- 1. 

The Mollineux Paint Works located in Bayonne in the year 1871 
at the Hook and the small brick building which was their office is still 

The cost of living in 1870 may be indicated by the following: 
Oolong tea 70 cents per lb., Roasting beef 19 cents per lb. and potatoes 
$1.02 per bushel. 

James Brady's Sons Company dealers in masons supplies for whole- 
sale and retail trade was established in 1872 by Mr. James Brady and 
in 1907 was incorporated as James Brady's Sons Company. The 
company has two docks, one at the foot of Lexington Avenue on the 
Kills and one at the foot of West 23rd Street and Newark Bay. It 
also has a yard on the Central Railroad at Avenue C and 7th Street. 

In 1872 a revised charter was approved which provided that all the 
powers and authority vested in the so-called Map and Grade Commis- 
sioners, upon the expiration of their term should then be vested in the 
Mayor and Council. Their terms expired in 1873. 

This same year the first street gas lamp for public use was lighted 
and a number of the streets in the first ward were lighted by gas, under 
contract. It was a great occasion for Bayonne and was the subject of 
a great deal of favorable comment. 

The Port Richmond and Bergen Point Ferry Company came into 
existence during the year 1873 and the "long dock" was filled in. 

Alvin C. Schroeter was the first florist in Bayonne having come 
here in 1873. He had his own green houses and raised his own flowers 
but as manufacturing came along the gasses killed the flowers and 
he had to discontinue this part of the business. His son, F. W. O. 
Schroeter has been carrying on the business popularly and successfully 
for many years. 

"Local Items" taken from Bayonne Herald Kind Greenville Re- 
gister June 14, 1873: "Donnell's Bayonne Shore House is dailv the 



visiting point for hundreds of Jersey City people who come to eat 
clams and enjoy the pure air." 

Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register, Saturday June 14, 1873 : 
"Hereafter the license fee of an Inn or Travern will be $15.00; 

for a hotel $30.00 per year. The former fees were $20.00 and $40.00 


Brady's Hall was erected in 1873 at Cottage and Orient Streets. 

It thrilled the residents and many activities were held in this hall. 


Early after the Prussian War, many Germans came to America. 
Quite a large number adopted Bayonne as their new home and they 
were soon known as the most progressive and forceful builders of the 

The first Jewelry store in Bayonne was established by a Jersey City 
man at Avenue D opposite Dodge Street. 


Oak Street corner Hobart Avenue 
Bergen Point 
A. B. Warner, President 

J. R. Schuyler, Vice-President 

A. C. Humphreys, Secretary. 

Parties wishing to connect with the Company's Mains, will please 

make application at the office or notify the Secretary by letter. Where 

grounds have to be opened to make connections, the company agrees to 

leave everything in as good condition as found. 

Bayonne Herald and Greenvile Register Saturday October 11, 1873: 





Wm. Martin, the proprietor is still on hand. 

The Squire always makes it a point to be at home. He belongs 
to the Point and makes a point of serving up all the delicacies of the 
season in such a pointed way that when you come to "point up" you are 
surprised that you have made such a "point of it :" but that is nothing 



for everybody "smiles" when Martin leads off. Call and see for you 
know how it is yourself. Martin has always been just there at Sal- 

Saturday, November 8, 1873 
At Mankins' Hotel last Wednesday a large sale of valuable har- 
ness took place. The horsemen were largely represented and bidding- 
was brisk. 

Hope Hose Company No. 2 was the second volunteer fire com- 
pany in the city and was organized in 1873 on Avenue D at 27th 
Street and later moved its quarters to West 34th Street. This com- 
pany was named after Colonel Hope of the Central Railroad Company 
of New Jersey. Other companies which followed were : 

Bayonne Engine Co. No. 1 organized May 25, 1875 at West 7th 

Independence Fire Association organized June 26, 1876 at Broad- 
way between 6th and 7th Streets. 
American Engine Co. No. 2 organized June 29, 1882 with quarters 

on 22nd Street. 
Columbia Hook and Ladder Co. No. 3 organized December n, 

1882 and was located on Orient Street. 
Enterprise Hose Co. No. 1 was organized September 4, 1883 at 

East 22nd Street near Avenue I. 
Hudson Engine Co. N0.3 organized June 25, 1884 between 27th 

and 28th Streets on Broadway. 
Protection Engine Co. No. 5 organized March 1, 1892 Broadway 

near 50th Streets. 
Washington Engine Co. No. 6 organized 1893 had neither house 

nor apparatus but met at Enterprise headquarters. 

These ten companies participated in extinguishing some of the 
greatest conflagrations the city has ever seen. Among its memorable 
fires were the great Standard Oil Company blaze in July 1900; the 
Standard barrel factory fire and the Reformed Church fire on Lord 
Avenue in 1902. 

The force of 600 men with its hand drawn machinery gave way to 
professionals and to horses, as in 1906 the city took over the depart- 
ment and made it a paid institution. Steam replaced hand pumps and 
buckets and the old volunteers yielded to professionals. However, spirit 



of the volunteers lives on. They are with us today and will be re- 
membered. Among those who did a great deal for the volunteers 
were: W. K. Smeaton, John McAdie, Edward Mullaney, John J. 
Gardner, W. Sembler, James Keegan, Charles Dougherty, James 
Hickey, Hugh McGeehan, William Barnes, William F. Hogan, James 
Gleeson, Joseph Stillger, William F. Roberts, George Mellindick, Chris 
J. Schmidt, William B. Scofield, Chris Rickett, Jesse Coles, George 
Deubert, William Keegan, Mortimer Clark, John P. Clark, Fred Bow- 
man, Henry Harris, S. L. Osborn, William T. Ford, Joseph B. Heraty, 
George W. Mellor, John Cubberly, Ex-Chief Alfred Varian, John 
McCabe, John Byers, Richard Darcy, Robert Scott who served 8 years 
as President and many others too numerous to mention. 

The Association of Exempt Firemen of Bayonne was organized 
September 23, 1892 with 16 charter members as follows : 

Jesse K. Vreeland Alvin C. Schroeter Wolfram Flugel 

Ebenezer C. Earl Bloomfleld Gardner Jas. W. Laughlin 

Henry Winkle Wm. H. La Tourette Thos. J. Clark 

Elijah S. Dowe Wm. H. Frevert Wesley Salter 

P. S. MacGillivary Joseph B. Slaight Z. F. Donnell 

Edward M. Griffin who was first detective of police and is now 
retired ex-police Captain is the only surviving charter member of 
the association. Jesse K. Vreeland was one of the Chief Engineers 
of the Volunteer Department and was named the first president. The 
membership is confined to men who served seven years with the old 
volunteer fire department which was abolished September 3, 1902 
when the paid department was established. 

The Exempts first quarters, after organization in 1892 were in the 
old building located on the southeast corner of Boardway and 30th 
Street and when they were relieved from service, the city provided 
quarters on West 34th Street which they occupied for many years. 

Much credit is due Dr. George W. Mellor and his committee, 
consisting of Ex-Captain W'illiam Keegan a Trustee and to Samuel 
Odell, John Byers and George Deubert, building committee, for ac- 
quiring from the city in 1929 the present quarters for the Exempt 
Firemen. The new house on West 47th Street is a favorite gathering 
place of oldtimers for social times. Its walls are a vertible art gal- 
lery of rare and valuable photographs of many fires fought by the 
volunteers many years ago, of parades they have participated in and 
of other historic events. Also adorning the walls are helmets form- 



erly worn by departed chiefs and foremen of the volunteers, memorials 
and tribute to fire fighters who were heroes of another day. 

In 1884 the Bayonne Volunteer Fire Department came into 
possession of the carriage which today stands on exhibition in their 
headquarters of which the members are very proud. It is the oldest 
carriage in the state and is used only on special occasions. It was in 
service in 1862 at the Lady Washington Hose Company on Cedar 
Street, New York City, and in 1885 was sent to Georgia. The Bay- 
onne Fire Department paid $48.76 for it and it is all hand made. It 
saw active service in the Hope Hose Company No. 2 on West 34th 
Street until 1897 and many times the volunteers trundled the carriage 
to fires in the Bergen Point area and the Constable Hook Oil Yards. 
This was quite a trip in those days since it was rushed along the streets 
by man power. At the fires the men attached the hose to a steamer 
which pumped the water. 

In the center of the main lower hall in the headquarters stands 
the old hose cart, painted cream color in recent years and trimmed 
with goldleaf. This vehicle contains about 600 feet of hose, steel tires, 
and carries axes and crowbars among its equipment. 

There are billard and card tables around which the men gather 
every day of the week. Upstairs in the meeting room is a massive 
showcase well filled with cups and trophies won by the association. 

The Exempts have many social affairs and reunions and toda\ 
have a Ladies Auxilliary headed by Mrs. Kathryn Welcher. The 
members assemble there and live old times again and there's a lot of 
smoke in the headquarters that isn't due to a fire. Chief James G. 
Hogan is the present head of the city department, and William F. 
Hogan who was a second Asst-Chief of the volunteers in 1903, are 
active members. Chief Hogan had been a member of Columbia Truck 
and William Hogan was with Engine No. I. 

Other active members were : William N. Hutchinson, prominent 
local real estate dealer who had served with Independence Fire Com- 
pany, William Laubenheimer who was with Protection Engine Co. 
No. 5, Frank Dobson, who served with Independence and John 
P. Byers who served with Enterprise Hose Company No. 1. 

The volunteers were very loyal to their duties in the old days. A 
story is told about Foreman Samuel Goldenhorn of the Bayonne Hook 
and Ladder Company, who conducted one of the local dry good stores. 
He was in the chair of Dr. Mellor's office having his teeth looked after. 
A fire alarm was sounded. He sprang from the chair and ran to the 



firehouse. The dentist did not have time to finish his work and as a 
result Goldenhorn could not close his mouth all night. Many stories 
similar to this are told daily at the headquarters. 

In 1873 the city purchased Carragan's building for $10,000. On 
June 30, 1874 the Council first met in the new City Hall. 

The Woodbine Tavern and picnic grounds flourished at that time. 
The tavern was a small old-fashioned frame house and was operated 
by John Salter. There was a large grove with swings and a dancing 
pavillion where many jolly parties took place. 

Willow Haven was a large hotel located near the Woodbine. This 
building was removed, divided into two parts, one of which became a 
tenement house at 48th Street and Broadway and the other went to 
Salters Hall at Center Street. 

In 1875 an assessment was collected for support and maintenance 
of public schools, street repairs, salaries of city officials and for the 
lighting of streets. 

In this same year the first chief engineer. E. Berry of the Fire De- 
partment was appointed. 

Chestnutting was popular pastime at this time and many came from 
neighboring towns to enjoy the sport. There was an abundance of 
chestnuts grown in Bayonne. 

Taken from Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register 1879 


Boarding and Day School 

For Young Ladies 


Bergen Point 

Alfred E. Sloan, M. A. formerly President of the Kentucky College 

at Pewee Valley near Louisville 

La Tourette Building 

September 18, 1879 

Day Scholars S40. a half year 

Advanced Course $50. a half year 

Modern Languages, Music, Drawing and Painting, extra 

A. E. Sloan, M.A. Lepha X. Clark, A.B. 

Principal Lady Principal 

Constable Hook Cemetery advertises lots for sale 






1 6th Street near the Depot 

Bergen Point 

Hearses and carriages to let. Bodies laid out and preserved 




THE GLORIOUS 80's IN BAYONNE - 1880-1890 

Oil and Other Industries Bring People From All Parts of the World to Bayonne: 
Contract for City Water; Avenue D Macadamized: Stage Coaches Bought 
From New York 1883; Horse Cars in 1885; First Apartments and First 
Bank; Streets and Houses Numbered; Electric Lighting; Free Delivery of 
Mails; Bayonne Hospital. 

Stephen K. Lane was elected Mayor in 1879 succeeding Henry 
Meigs. Mr. Lane served two terms, 1879 to 1883. 
The Police Headquarters and Prison occupied the basement of 
the former Library, then the City Hall. The Fourth Ward Police Sta- 
tion occupied the old Xo. 4 school on Dodge Street. 

Bayonne was divided into four wards and there were five public 
and three private schools. The Central Railroad of Xew Jersey had 
four depots and train service was adequate. Real Estate was on a 
boom and there was a remarkable increase in business. Many large 
manufacturing concerns were located at the Hook which gave employ- 
ment to hundreds of men. 

The oil works and industries at the Hook brought people from all 
parts of the United States and Europe. Ships from every nation be- 
gan to arrive at Constable Hook. Ruhlman established a flourishing 
butcher business and served the surrounding territory. Cottage Street 
was the business street in the 8o's. Charles Worth and Frank Ernst 
kept the first bakeries on this street and later Becker's and O'Neill's 
Bakeries were popular. Moloney's and Mahnken's Butcher Shops 
were located on this street. John C. Gibson and Otto Rasch had hard- 
ware stores. Adam Kunsman ran the first express to Xew York. This 
was called ''Adams" express. It was taken over by O'Brien's Express 
and later became Masterson's Express. There were such dry goods 
stores as Rouses' and Brown's, the later being kept by Edward G. 
Brown's mother. Kreck, the shoemaker and Mahnken's Saloon flour- 
ished on Hobart Avenue. Mahnken was the City's leading pump 
dealer. One of the popular lawyers in town was Tom Clemens, who 
was a drummer boy in the Civil War. Dr. Fred Payne had a fine 
residence on 4th Street and Broadway and Dr. Hickman lived be- 
tween 4th and 5th Streets on Broadway. 

Bayonne became almost over night an Industrial City. The woods 



and orchards began to disappear. New streets were laid out and 
shaded lanes and drives were cut away and Centerville grew to be the 
business center as it still remains today. 

Oliver's Express boasted of the largest and best truck in the city. 


The Post Offices within the boundary of the city were located at 
Bergen Point, Bayonne, Pamrapo and Van Buskirk's (Constable's 
Hook). The first named was on 16th Street, now 8th Street opposite 
the Central Railroad Station and C. T. Munn was the Postmaster. The 
second was on Avenue E, corner of Bayonne Avenue, now 33rd Street, 
with J. Murphy, Jr. as Postmaster. The third was the Saltersville 
Postoffice of years past, with M. Mullaney as Postmaster. The 4th 
was at Constable's Hook with G. Christians as Postmaster. 

In 1879 the Police Department consisted of one Chief who was 
John Van Buskirk, and there were eight patrolmen. 

Two weekly newspapers, the Herald and Times supplied the local 

Proubsky's Hall was located at 22nd Street and John, which is now 
a Power house of the Standard Oil Company. 

Taken from Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register, 1880 


Dealers in 

Fine Groceries and Provisions 

At New York Prices - For Cash 

Cottage Street Bergen Point 


Druggist and Chemist 

Avenue D, Near City Hall 


Deutsche Apotheke - Pharmacie Francaise 

A Full Stock of 

Drugs and Medicines 

Imported and Domestic Cigars 

Stationery - Fancy and Toilet Articles 

Prescriptions Prepared at All Hours of the Day and Night 

German and French Spoken 




Fine leas Wines and Groceries and Canned Fruits 

Choice Liquors for Medicinal Use 

Genuine Havana Cigars 

Cor. Old Plank Road and Center Street 




Cottage Street, near Avenue D 

Oysters - Steaks - Chops - Etc. 

Served to Order 

Pickled Oysters a Specialty 

Families Supplied with Oysters by the Quart or Hundred, Year Round 

The Best the Market Affords 

John S. Fowler 

"Local Item March 1880" 

A Democratic meeting was held in the 4th Ward at Tourneys Hall. 
A Ward Club was formed. John Bull was elected President and John 
Donohoe", Secretary. The club organized with 40 members and regular 
meetings were held Monday and Thursday evenings. 

At this time some of the following were located in the city : 

Alfred Booth, Consumers Coal & Ice Co. ; C. D. Avers Drug Store ; 
A. A. Smith ; Conrad Muller & Sons ; Alpers Drug Store ; Julius A. 
Stegmair, Pharmacist, Cottage Street. 

Taken from Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register, 1881 



Drugs and Medicines - Paints, Oils, Brushes 

Perfnmery \and Fancy Articles 

Prescriptions Prepared at All Hours 

Confectionery Cigars Stationery 

Avenue D, near Depot Bergen Point 




The Undertaker 

Ave. D, Opposite Dodge Street 

Bergen Point, New Jersey 

All Orders Will Receive Prompt Attention 

Open Day and Night 


Dealer in Men's - Ladies' and Children's Boots and Shoes 

Rubbers and Rubber Boots A Specialty 

Repairing of All Kinds Promptly Attended to 

Cor. 27TH and William Streets, Constable Hook 

Bayonne City 


Tonsorial Artist, Etc., Etc., Etc. 

27TH Street, near Lutheran Church 

Constable Hook 

Dealer in 

Cigars wid Tobacco 

Wooden and Clay Pipes - Fancy Goods, Etc. 

Avenue D Near 27TH Street 


In 1 88 1 Bayonne made a contract with Jersey City for water 
supply and in 1882 the first water main was laid at a cost of $61,860.50. 
This water was unfit to drink but was used mostly for manufacturing- 

Prior to 1880 Bayonne was mostly a fishing and agricultural center, 
but at that time manufacturing took quite a spurt. Carr and Hobson, 
located at Eirst Street and Boulevard, became very famous as manu- 
facturers of agricultural implements. They employed as high as 500 
people which was regarded as a very large business at the time. 

The Coney Island steamboats plying between Newark and Coney 
Island became the time pieces for the oystermen along Newark Bay 
shore. The Magenta passed at 10:30; the General Sedgwick with a 
steam calliope passed at 1 1 130 and the Thomas P. Way passed at 
12:00. Some of the oystermen of that time were, Ed. Mullaney, John 



Cubberly, William Keegan, later Captain Keegan of the Police Force, 
Tom and Sandy Keegan, Celus, Tom, Pete and Jim Van Buskirk, 
whose ancestors were Van Buskirk slaves. 

In 1883 Avenue D, from Cottage Street to the Morris Canal, was 
macadamized at a cost of about $108,000. 

David W. Oliver was elected Mayor on the Democratic ticket in 
this same year and he served two terms, from 1883 to 1887. 

The outstanding estate of this period was that of the Currie family. 
It consisted of a large brownstone homestead, a beautiful drive, a large 
acreage which extended from one bay to the other and lay just beyond 
the Morris Canal in the Greenville section. 

The Currie family was very wealthy at one time and every Sunday 
the coachman took them to church in Greenville to services in the Re- 
formed Church . 

In 1883 when the old stage coach system on Broadway, New York, 
was replaced by the electric cable, James Cassidy bought six of the 
New York coaches from the New York Line. He also bought forty of 
the New York horses. Thomas Brady also bought some and they ran 
in competition to Greenville and return at regular intervals. Later 
James Cassidy sold out to Brady who ran the route for some time 

An ordinance for the better observance of the Christian Sabbath 
was passed in October 1884. Public parades were prohibited, with the 
exception that military organizations were permitted to parade with 
appropriate sacred music on funeral occasions. 


In 1884 Bayonne was honored by a visit of Grover Cleveland, who 
delivered a campaign address two months before he was elected Presi- 
dent of the United States. 

Benjamin Franklin Butler, a General in the Federal Army, who 
was one of the Presidential candidates who was defeated by Cleveland, 
appeared in Bayonne on Dodge Street in a campaign address. 

Some may recall : The Rosemont Cigar Store on Avenue D and 
Center Street, Pamrapo, was one of those famous old time cigar stores 
with the wooden Indian in front ; Van Natta's Grocery Store : Doyle's 
Saloon; Harris' on Avenue D and 48th Street, a general store with 
feed, etc. and a rendezvous for shoppers; Manken's Eagle Hotel where 
many boarders were always on hand ; Frank Harris' town house on 
Avenue D and 49th Street and Currie's Woods with its beautiful dog- 



wood and lovely trees, mostly locust. All through the woods along the 
Xewark Bay shore were silver maples (never seen today) oak trees 
and willow. Field's Coal Yards on Avenue D and the Morris Canal 
where the coal came in on canal boats from Mauch Chunk and the 
coal unloaded in buckets with derrick operated by horsepower ; and at 
Bergen Point; the St. Charles Hotel opposite the railroad station, 
Charles Munn ; the Bergen Point Athletic Club ; Alonzo Stagg ; Lovers 
Bridge on Avenue A and Mose Van Horn fishing off Rabineau Avenue. 

Klein's Tourist Agency, noted for its enjoyable cruises, has given 
the people of Bayonne continuous service for 55 years, having been 
established in 1884. 

In 1885 the Jersey City Bergen Point Railway was authorized by 
Bayonne to lay tracks on certain streets and to run horsecars thereon. 
The main line extended on Avenue C to Kill van Kull. Work of lay- 
ing tracks on Avenue C from 46th Street to Bergen Point was started 
in the summer of 1886 and completed in November. On November 
6th cars were operated between Bergen Point from whence they trans- 
ferred by the Greenville stables to Jersey City Ferry. There was a 
through five cent fare operated on a 30 minute headway. Mules were 
used and the crew consisted of one man who acted as both conductor 
and motorman. Horses later replaced the mules. The 5th Street line 
was added in 1888. The service gradually improved as to rolling stock 
and speed and in August 1893 a change to electricity propelled vehicle 
was authorized. Double tracking for the electric cars was begun 
through Avenue C to Jersey City from Greenville, in September 1893. 

Electric cars to Constable Hook were installed February 1893. 
There was a break in the line at the Central Railroad crossing as no 
tracks had been laid over the railroad and transfer of passengers was 
necessary ; however, this was remedied later. 

The Jersey City Bergen Company leased its lines in 1893 to the 
Consolidated Traction Company which continued the operation of 
trolley line including those in Bayonne until the North Jersey Street 
Railway Company took control in 1898. Public Service followed in 

In 1885 the annual assessment included $25,597. for support and 
maintenance of public schools; for salaries $11,200; for support of 
Fire Department $3,000. and for street improvements $15,000. 

Bayonne's first swank)- apartments were built during the year 1885 
at 201 Avenue D at 7th Street. These apartments, known as the 



"Florence Flats" were built by the late Conrad Muller, who was a 
fashionable New York tailor as well as a resident of Bayonne. 

On September 15, 1885 an ordinance was passed to authorize the 
Jersey City and Bergen Point Railroad Company to lay tracks in cer- 
tain streets and avenues of the city and to run horsecars thereon. Sec. 
7 of the ordinance read : "It shall be the duty of said company to pro- 
vide and keep upon their horses attached to cars, while in motion, suit- 
able and proper bells, to give warning of their approach and they shall 
not run their cars or suffer them to be run, at a greater speed than 
eight miles per hour." 

The Mechanics Trust Company, which was the first bank in 
Bayonne, was organized in 1886 and was located at Bergen Point. It 
was founded under charter obtained from Legislature in 1872. The 
incorporators were Henry Meigs, Solon Humphreys, Jacob Schuyler, 
Rufus Story, Francis I. Smith, Hiram Van Buskrirk, James W. Trask, 
Erastus Randall and George Carragan. The bank opened for business 
March 1, 1886. DeWitt Van Buskirk became Secretary and Treasurer 
in 1902 and three years later became President, upon the resignation of 
Charles S. Noe. 

Julia Marlowe was trained by Ada Dowe of Bayonne. The Dowe 
studio was near 33rd Street where they labored many hours each day 
for a long time. 

John Newman became Mayor in 1887. He was elected on the Re- 
publicans Citizen's ticket and succeeded Mayor Oliver. He served two 
terms, from 1887 to 1891. 

Centerville needed a picnic ground and dance floor at this time. 
Columbia Park was, therefore, built in a chestnut grove on Avenue C 
and 23rd Street. It was an ideal spot. One Thanksgiving Day in 
1889 or 9° an organization of target shooters came out to the park, 
started an argument with the proprietor and wrecked the park and 
beat up the police. The chief gathered up his reserves and some 
deputies and drove them out of the city. 

On April 2, 1888 a meeting was held at Schuyler Hall under the 
joint auspices of the Land and Labor Club and the Bergen Point De- 
bating Club for the establishing of a public library. Speeches were 
made by prominent citizens and resolutions were adopted favoring the 
establishment of a library under provision of an act of the Leigslature 
passed in 1884. 

In 1888 the great blizzard struck the east and Centerville was cut 



off from the rest of the city for several days. All traffic was sus- 

During that year an ordinance was passed to number the streets 
consecutively from one to sixty-seven, many names of avenues being 
changed to letters of the alphabet. Before this time and after, during 
periods of rapid development, many streets were named for prominent 
families of the city. Among them being Trask Avenue ; Humphreys 
Avenue, Schuyler Court ; Story Court ; LaTourette Place, etc. For 
convenience and identification, the houses were also numbered by con- 
secutive numbers. 

During this same year an ordinance was passed authorizing the 
Bayonne Electric Company to erect and maintain a system of poles 
and wires for electric lighting in the streets and public places in the 

In February 1889 free delivery of the mails was established. 
Thomas Brady was postmaster and the city took on the name of 
Bayonne throughout ; the names of Pamrapo, Bergen Point, were per- 
manently dropped. 

Wigdor's Jewelry store was established in 1889. The store is lo- 
cated on Broadway and 21st Street and is managed by Isaac Wigdor 
and Dr. Louis Wigdor and is now serving the third generation. 

The firm of J. M. Johnson & Co., Real Estate and Insurance, was 
established in Bayonne in 1890 and is stlill serving the people. 

C. Haggerty & Sons grocery store was established on Broadway 
and 14th Street in the early 90's and is still doing a flourishing busi- 
ness with a branch store at Broadway and 41st Street. 

The Bayonne Hospital and Dispensary was incorporated in 1888 and 
opened March 3, 1890 in the building on East 30th Street which was 
donated to the institution by Airs. Alice Story Rowland and Mrs. 
Abbey Story Marshall in memory of their father, Rufus Story, with 
accommodations for forty patients. No restrictions as to age, sex, 
race or religious belief were imposed. It was to be supported by con- 
tributions, endowments, etc. 

Mrs. J. Herrick was the first president of the auxiliary board. Mrs. 
Luther S. Cadugan and Mrs. Anna Van Tine were among the charter 

The new hospital building, erected in 1927, has been enlarged in 
the past decade to meet the needs of the city. The main building is six 
stories high. 

A new brick fireproof building to be used as a home for Nurses was 



also added. There are twenty-five graduate nurses and eighty-four 
students nurses in the personnel in addition to a large staff of doctors. 
Two dieticians daily prepare the meals for the many patients. The 
institution maintains two ambulances which are in service twenty-four 
hours a day. 

The population of the city in 189 1 was 19,035. A contract for a 
new City Hall was awarded December 2, 1890 and a large two story 
and basement brick building was built at the corner of Avenue E and 
30th Street for $46,999. This is the same building which is being used 
today as the City Hall. 




New City Hall: The Musical Till Family and Rockaphone: Shorehouses: Craft & 
Company Established, Now Creighton: Eddy's World Record Kite: Mayor 
Farr Reelected Without Opposition: Contract for Pure Drinking Water: 
Egbert Seymour Elected Mayor: Berry Guard Formed: Social Events: 
Arlington Park: First Thermometer Factory: Dr. Bert Daly A Leader in 
Baseball: Sports. . . . 

One evidence of real progress in the "Gay Nineties" is the fact 
that in 1891 garbage was first removed by the city by ordinance. 
"William C. Farr was elected Mayor in the same year and the 
Board of Trade was organized. 

In 1892 the railway spur which was operated between Constable 
Hook and Communipaw for the purpose of carrying oil and other 
products from the Hook, was completed. 

In the Fall of that year the new City Hall was completed at a 
cost of $55,236.15. The grounds, however, costing $9,046.43 brought 
the total cost to $64,282.58. The building was occupied on October 
2 1 st. That was a great day for the city and the citizens celebrated 
the event as a gala day. Churches, schools, stores and dwellings were 
tastefully decorated with flags and bunting. A large military, civic and 
trade union parade was staged. The Fire Department and 4,000 school 
children participated in the event. The following day the City Hall 
was thrown open for inspection. Police Headquarters was transferred 
from the old City Hall to the new and additional patrolmen were added 
to the force. The citizens were aglow with civic pride and Bayonne 
was on its way to big and better things. 

The Till family of Bayonne were very prominent in musical circles 
both here and abroad in the gay nineties. 

In 1868, when William Till was 13 years old, his father returning 
from work as an engineer on a reservoir told him of the musical tones 
produced by striking the rocks with the picks of the laborers. The next 
day the father and son went into the mountains and hewed great slabs 
which they carried seven miles to their home in Derwentwater, Eng- 
land. These stones were sorted and chiseled to proper size. About 
one in every twenty carried into the village, proved satisfactory for 
their purpose and the Tills trudged up and down the mountains until 



more than 50 satisfactory stones were found. William and his father 
labored in that lake district of England, where he was born, for twelve 
years in the manufacture of a musical instrument called the Rocka- 
phone. This instrument consisted of a gigantic pianoforte keyboard 
of hand chiseled stone mounted on a wooden stand from which the 
keys are insulated by straw. The instrument has a scale of five octaves. 

In 1 88 1 the father with his two sons, William and Daniel, Jr. 
started on a concert tour of Europe. The first time the Rockaphone 
was heard in the Crystal Palace in London, the concert was attended 
by John Ruskin, the critic, who later sent Mr. Till a letter commending 
it. William Till was hailed everywhere with his instrument and his 
"stand" at the Crystal Palace consisted of 156 concerts. He gave 108 
concerts at the Royal Polytechnic in London, 4,000 heard him at the 
Town Hall in Birmingham; 4,500 attended at the City Hall in Glasgow 
and 5,000 crowded into St. George's Hall in Liverpool to attend the 
concert. He gave 300 concerts in Ontario, Nova Scotia and New 
Brunswick, Canada. Before the World War he made a concert tour 
of this country. In later years his daughters, Esther and Mildred, 
toured with him. One sang contralto and the other soprano. For a 
time, Mr. Till conducted a music school in Bayonne and for 27 years he 
was organist at the Reformed Church on Avenue C and 33rd Street. 
The Till family left Bayonne several years ago and now reside at 101 
Park Street, East Orange, N. J. Mr. Till still has his Rockaphone in 
his possession. 

During the 90's the shorefront was dotted with Shorehouses. 
Among the popular ones were Wheeler's, The Two Pines, McDonalds 
and Meisters. Every winter, when there was a blizzard, one of these 
shorehouses would put up a bottle of champagne as a prize for the 
first cutter arriving at the shorehouse. 

The Two Pines was a large roomy house with a French roof, 
which was formerly owned by Mrs. Annette and located at the Boule- 
vard and the Kills. It was operated at one time by Al Beling of the 
five corners in Jersey City and it later changed management and was 
called "Wheeler's," being run by a Mr. Wheeler. 

McDonald's Shorehouse was located on Avenue C and the Kills, 
on one side of the Public Service Ferry and Meister's was on the other 

These shorehouses were rendezvous for people who liked shore 
dinners and sea food. Chowder parties were popular entertainment 
for clubs. 



The lower end of Bayonne was a beautiful spot in the mid-nineties. 
Tallyhoes and other equipages were driven along the Jersey shore, 
their occupants enjoyed a gay luncheon at the La Tourette or the River- 
side Casino or one of the shorehouses. They watched the boating from 
the porches and drove home again. The Kills, spotted all day with tiny 
white triangle of sails, with rowboats and puffing little tugs and 
steamers, was an interesting spot. Beyond its churning tide lay Port 
Richmond and the green rolling expanse of Staten Island, with one 
lovely home adjoining another, surrounded by gardens, lawns and 
graceful trees, was a picturesque sight. Bayonne in those days had a 
quality of peaceful beauty, of trees and shady roads, of flowers and 
bees, of "countryness," of lovely gardens and serenity. 

Prosperity produces leisure and leisure produces social, sports and 
enjoyable life. The Newark. Bay Rowing Association and the New 
Jersey Athletic Club, which later became the Knickerbocker Club of 
New York, sprung into existence in the 90's. The latter club house 
stood where the "Best Foods" plant now stands, and was used by the 
very best people. Ray Ewry, the great high jumper (he was Olympic 
champion) and Willie Day, the champion runner of the world, were 
often present. 

Even though prosperity prevailed there were social upheavals, 
labor agitations and trouble. The Great Bayonne strike occurred, at 
which time the strikers marched. Their slogan was "22^/2 cents an 
hour or no surrender." 

An insurance business was established in 1892 by Elijah R. Craft 
under the firm name of Craft & Co. They were identified with a New 
York house but set up the Bayonne office in order to handle the real 
estate business of the late Solon Humphreys. From a sideline business 
this was built up by the efforts of Louis N. Creighton, who became 
associated with Mr. Craft in 1893 to what is now said to be the largest 
real estate and general insurance business in Bayonne. This office 
conducts a general real estate business which specializes in factory 
property. They are active and outstandingly popular and reliable. 
Through the efforts of Mr. Creighton, large concerns have located 
here, among them were : 

Taintor Mfg. Co. 
Bayonne Steel Casting Co. 
Walter F. Sykes & Co. 
Bayonne Casting Co. 


Flour Waste & Packing Co. 
Crane Motor Car Co. 

In March 1893 the Common Council granted the Board of Trus- 
tees of the Public Library a ten-year lease of the old building (which 
was Council Hall) at a nominal rent, with the privilege of removing. 

eddy's world record kite 

Mr. William A. Eddy, whose residence was at 32 East 3rd Street, 
invented what is known as the box type of kite. The highest altitude 
reported was 5,595 feet which was made November 7, 1893. This was 
a world record. On December 5, 1895 a telephone and telegraph mes- 
sage was sent by wires attached to his kites up in the air. Because of 
this outstanding fete, the United States Government (Military) com- 
mandeered him and his kites as a signaling medium. Mr. Eddy died 
in 1910. 

The City Dock was built at the foot of Ingraham Avenue at a cost 
of $9,000. in 1893. 

Mr. M. F. Freel edited and published a weekly newspaper called 
"The Democrat" during this year. 

A franchise authorizing the Jersey City and Bergen Point Railroad 
Company to use electric motors as the propelling power of their cars, 
to erect poles and string the necessary wires therefrom, was granted 
August 16, 1893. Horse cars were abandoned and an electric trolley 
system adopted. 

Mayor Farr was re-elected being the first Mayor ever elected with 
out opposition as he was endorsed by both Republican and Democratic 

During Mayor Farr's administration the city obtained the property 
at the Boulevard and Newark Bay and from 14th to 16th Streets to be 
used as a public park at some future time. 

In 1894 the reading room of the Public Library was opened to the 
public and a short time later the circulating department was opened 
with nearly 4,000 volumes on the shelves. 

During this year a contract was made for Bayonne to receive water 
from the New York and New Jersey Water Company for pure drink- 
ing water. 

On February 28, 1895 the Charity Organization Society was 

There was a fire in the old Combs Homestead on New York Bay, 
later occupied by the Pavonia Yacht Club. Mrs. Claffy, a music 



teacher in New York, was living in the homestead for the summer. 
She later made her home in the city occupying a red brick double house 
on Avenue C and 38th Street where she conducted a music school. 
Taken from Bayonne Herald and Greenville Register, 1895 

"Mr. W. B. Fisk of Plainfield purchased the stock of the A. A. 
Smith Company and in addition has bought the property on Evergreen 
Street and Linnet Street, formerly occupied as a coal yard by Mr. W. 
J. Haver, consisting of 16 lots, coal trestle and feed building. 

A new trestle and buildings will be erected on the property. Mr. 
A. A. Smith who established the business in 1876 will retain the man- 
agement and his twenty years experience together with ample working- 
capital will, no doubt, give the firm the success it deserves and which 
Mr. Smith's friends wish." 


5 1 st Street and Avenue D 

Large Hall for Lodge Meetings 

Hall of B. R. A. 
Tuition in all classes will embrace the latest and most fashionable 
dancing, deportment, etiquette, physical culture, cotillion practice, de- 
veloping grace in pose, walk and carriage and the German.. 
Inquire Brown s Music Store for Information 
747 Avenue D 


Cottage Street 


Livery and Boarding Stables 

803 Avenue D 

Coaches to Let for All Occasions 

March 23, 1895 



Lowell's Military and Orchestra 



Music of Every Description Furnished on Application 

Also Pupils Taken 
36-38 W. Grand Street - near Ave. C and 50TH St. 


21 Cottage Street 

8th Street 

March 23, 1895 
"No fires in the trolley cars on Thursday and the mercury was in the 
vicinity of the freezing point ; even the conductors kicked while some 
non-conductors swore." 

The Postal force of Bayonne in 1895 consisted of : 

Postmaster Edward O'Farrell. 

Chief Clerk E. H. Whitney. 

Clerks, William H. Hinchman, Nellie O'Farrell and Effie Donnelly. 

Carriers, William Mann, Thomas Reilly, Charles H. Westendorf, 
James M. Ryan, Thomas McGinnis, C. B. Mettler, T. E. Sloat, John 
W. CardufT, Fred Schmidt, Arthur Butcher, Wm. J. Denton and 
Bartholomew Brown. 

During Mayor Farr's administration, more than $350,000 was paid 
for street improvements alone, for which bonds were issued and sold as 
high as $110. 

The completion of the labors of the "Martin Act" Commission and 
its discharge by the Circuit Court occurred during Farr's term of office. 
This was the means of saving an expenditure of about $12,000 per year 
in fees and salaries. 

The organization of the detective bureau, the adoption of the 
fire alarm signal system and the paving of East 22nd Street from 
Avenues D to I, making it fit for public travel were also accomplished. 

Egbert Seymour was elected Mayor on the Democratic ticket in 
1895 and he served 4 terms and 8 months from 1895 to 1904. 

In May of 1895 tne Bayonne section of the Hudson County Boul- 
evard was completed at no expense to the city. At this time electric 



lights were placed on every corner of Avenue D illuminating the city 
from one end to the other. 

In 1895 a Militia Company was formed mostly from the Center- 
ville section. This was called Company I, 4th New Jersey. The first 
Captain was Wilcox from 24th Street. Other officers were Lieut. 
McFarland from Greenville and 2nd Lieut. George C. Rhoderick from 
Bergen Point. This Company was known as the "Berry Guard" named 
in honor of Ed Berry, assemblyman from Bayonne, and followed in the 
footsteps of the Close Light Guards by going to the Spanish War in 
1898, the Mexican Border in 1912 and to the World War in 1918 
when it and the Fourth Regiment were merged into the 113th. 


A notable event of 1896 was a Costume Ball at which Bainbridge 
Smith was host at his home on the Newark Bay shore front. The home 
and surrounding grounds were purchased by the city in later years and 
finally became a part of the City Park. 

The guest of honor at Mr. Smith's Ball was his granddaughter, a 
daughter of the French Count ParafY. Many distinguished men and 
women from New York and other cities attended in costumes repre- 
sentative of every part of the East. Rich Turkish, Chinese and Mal- 
ayan outfits were seen at the affair and Stephen Massey, famed music 
critic, William H. Savage, writer, and George Law, Millionaire Rail- 
road man were among those present. 

Colorful Japase lanterns were along the driveway on the spacious 
piazza which extended around the entire house. 

The ballroom was 50 feet in lenth and 20 feet in width and had 
a beautiful corniced ceiling about 12 feet high. There were two orna- 
mental fireplaces in the room and on the north side were four wind- 
ows extending to the floor. The ballroom had three entrances, two on 
the main hallway and one on the piazza which dancers often used as 
a promenade. A library, reception room and cloak room also were on 
the first floor, with the family's living rooms uptairs. 


Another famous social event of the season was given by Solon 
Humphreys at his estate, "Pepperidge," which was on Avenue A be- 
tween 10th and nth Streets. This was an outdoor garden party and 
was a beautiful affair. An international motif marked the function, at 
which tents were erected on the grounds. The different pavilions were 



reserved for guest of various nationalities. English, Irish. German and 

Bayonne was a farmer's paradise in the cjo's. Flourishing farms 
were in evidence everywhere. Cows in the pasture, fields waving with 
corn, the birds singing merrily in the woods, the occasional bark of a 
dog, the neigh of a horse, the crow of the rooster and "Gee-up" and 
"Ho" ; these were the things that were familiar to all traveling along 
the Old Plank Road in the days of yore. Bergen Point was "the town" 
and all north of 14th Street was two-thirds woods; it was called "The 
country" with just a few scattered settlements here and there. 


A lecture hall was located on 1st Street. For many years it served 
as a school. The Bergen Point Lyceum met at this hall for several 
seasons. The institution was organized to promote mutual instruction 
among the members. The exercises consisted of debates and lectures. 
Straw T rides, sleighing parties, corn husking parties and singing classes 
occupied the time of the younger set, many of the events took place 
at the La Tourette House, especially during the summer. 

Brady's Hall on Cottage Street was a dancing center for the work- 
ing people of the city. Affairs held there were often elaborate. A 
fountain in the center of the floor which sprayed perfume on the 
dancers throughout the evening was a feature of one gala event, and 
the "order of the dance" or program was an expensive item, often cost- 
ing as much as $2.50. Wax hands with a ring on a lady's finger, 
ornamented the cover of one of the booklets. 

Outdoor dances were held four or five times a year in the picnic 
grounds on the property of Henry C. Meigs.. Two platforms were 
erected there — one for modern dances and the other for folk numbers. 

Water sports were of prime interest to a city surrounded by water. 
Excellent fishing and boating were available to all. 

William D. Salter built the Arlington Park Dancing Pavillion at 
Xcwark Bay. During the summer of 1897-8 several baloon ascensions 
were made. 

There were remarkably few fires during the year 1896. The report 
of Hyman Lazarus, Chief Engineer of the Fire Department for the 
year ending January 6, 1897 showed a total of nineteen alarms in the 
whole year. 

In 1897 there were 41 miles of streets and 14 miles of sewers in 
the city. 



1897-99 the first Thermometer factory in the State of New Jersey 
and the City of Bayonne was opened. A. J. Tagliabue manufactured 
thermometers, hydrometers and barometers at No. 1030 Avenue D. 

On December 3, 1898 St. Luke's Hospital on East 22nd Street 
was opened. 

When Mrs. Rowland, one of the Story girls, left the old home to 
make her home elsewhere, she turned the house over to Professor 
Sloan who used it as an annex to his school which he conducted in 
the La Tourette Hotel. As late as 192 1 the house was used as a board- 
ing house called, "The Homestead" for genteel old ladies. At this time 
Miss Harriet Goddard was in charge. She died in Los Angeles in 1935. 


Dr. Bert Daly, one of the most popular leaders of the time, was 
quite a baseball player. He was manager of the Connecticut League and 
Captain of the team. His brother, Walter, played with the Baysides. 
The West sides started where No. 12 school now stands and it was 
here that boxers were also developed, among them Larry Baker, light- 
weight champion. The Westsides had the best basketball team in the 

The Centerville Athletic Club, which was a semi-professional base- 
ball club, developed some first class players, among them were Jack 
Dunn, who later became famous in the baseball world, being called 
a styled utility player who played any position on the team and who 
later managed the Baltimore team and became its owner and it was 
from his camp that Babe Ruth came. Other players were Jim Fitz- 
patrick who won a medley championship in the 90's at the New Jersey 
Athletic Club on Avenue A. Morris Hickey was another outstanding 
player in the baseball world. 




Historical Hook Fire; Democratic Clubhouse; Drakes Business College Started; 
First Automobiles; Thomas Brady Elected Mayor; First Police Trial Board 
Created; Pierre Garven Elected Mayor; David Horsley's Film Studio; Early 
Theatres; Gus Suckow, Jr. and Melville Hussey Juvenile Entertainers; 
Vounteers Supplanted By Paid Fire Department; Melville Park; William 
Jennings Bryan Visits City; Republican Club. 

The population of the city at the turn of the century was 32,722. 
On July 4, 1900 a destructive fire started at the Hook. It raged 
for five days consuming millions of gallons of oil. Several oil tanks 
exploded. The homes in the vicinity, which were mostly poor, were 
threatened and many took their household belongings and camped on 
the meadows to escape danger. The local fire department worked heroic- 
ally day and night, many being severely burned and taken to St. Luke's 
Hospital. Fire tugs from Xew York assisted the local forces. The fire 
was estimated to be the most devastating in the history of the nation. 

In 1 901 the Democrats were holding meetings in Gallagher's Hall 
on Avenue E and Twenty-first Street and also in Quinn's Hall located 
at 418 Avenue D. They were planning to build their own clubhouse 
and all wards were banding together to that end. The clubhouse, located 
on Broadway and Twenty-seventh Street was erected in 1905. 

Drakes Business College was started in Bayonne in 1901 with seven 
day students and six night school students. Charles Dell was Principal 
and Manager, aided by Mrs. Dell. The school was founded by William 
Drake in Jersey City in 1886 and incorporated under management of 
A. J. Gleason as President. This was the largest organization of its 
kind in America and the biggest private school buyer of commercial 
and text books. 

In 1 90 1 Smallpox broke out in the city and there were over seventy 
cases reported. Dr. Alvah Forman was the City Physician at the time 
and several other doctors were kept busy night and day vaccinating 

On January 1, 1902 Mayor Seymour began his fourth term as 
Mayor. This year St. Luke's Hospital was totally destroyed by fire 
Avenue C, from Fifty-fourth to Twenty-fifth Street was a dirt road 
and the contract was awarded to have this section asphalted witli the 



result that this improvement was made by the winter of 1902-3 at 
the cost of $88,661.65. 

When phonographs were in their early stage and a rare novelty. 
Dr. George W. Mellor, who had one of the first, was invited to Wake's 
Hall to give a demonstration. The people marveled at the new wonder 
as much as we of recent years have marveled at radio and television. 

Automobiles were also in their infancy at this time and about the 
newest things in town. William D. Salter, was, no doubt, the first one 
to be seen riding around in this new gasoline contraption of which 
all the horses and people were afraid. One got into the first automobiles 
through a door in the rear and they were very noisy. The majority 
of people vowed and declared they never would ride in one and felt 
pretty much about automobiles as some do today about flying. Dr. 
Lucius F. Donohoe was also one of the first automobile owners. 

The City Park was laid out during 1903 on the Boulevard and 
New r ark Bay from Sixteenth to Nineteenth Streets. 

Thomas Brady was elected Mayor in 1903 on the Democratic 

By an ordinance passed "January 19th and approved January 20th 
1903 the first Police Trial Board was created. Egbert Seymour, Sa- 
muel Graham and John J. Cain were appointed a Police Trial Board 
to hear, try and determine charges preferred against members of the 
police force. 

The Public Service Company took over the operation of the North 
Jersey Street Railway Company and ran trolleys from Bayonne thru 
to the Jersey City Ferry. 

At the end of January 1904 Miss Phoebe Ketcham, Librarian, 
reported that the Public Library had a total of 12,898 volumes with 
7,027 registered borrowers. 

John J. Rooney, Clerk of the County Board of Health, reported 
that the population had increased from 32,722 in 1900 to 43,014 in 

On the evening of October 29, 1904 the new Carnegie Library 
building was formally opened with appropriate ceremonies, the event 
being recorded as a most notable one in the history of the city. 

Owing to the increase in population and the business at the City 
Hall, the City Fathers held a meeting in the early part of August 
for the purpose of obtaining a new building for Police Headquarters 
and a site was selected at the northeast corner of Avenue C and 



Twenty-sixth Street where a four-story brick building was erected and 
which is used today. 

In 1904 there were twenty-six churches representing many deno- 
minations viz : seventeen Protestant, seven Catholic and two Hebrew 
and two Sisterhoods.. 

One of the first moving picture theatres in the city was located 
at 467 Broadway. John Bvers, Jr. equipped the building as a mov- 
ing picture showhouse but it was unsuccessful and was operated only 
a short time. 

In 1905 Pierre Garven was elected Mayor and served two terms, 
from 1905 to 1909. 


David Horsley, who ran a bicycle shop on Avenue C and First 
Street with his brother, William, opened the first and only film studio 
that Bayonne ever had. Their studio was located at 686 Avenue E. 
They were the originators of the Universal Moving Pictures of the 
silent days. They also had a moving picture theatre on Broadway be- 
tween Forty-second and Forty-third Streets, where the City Market 
now stands. 

Horsley 's studio operated from 1905 to 1910 and Fatty Arbuckle's 
first pictures were taken here. 

Mr. Horsley directed camera and filming about town. Many of 
his pictures were taken where the Hudson County Park now stands 
which was at that time mostly woods which were enjoyed for their 
beautiful rural scenery. The first Universal pictures were Western. 
Francis X. Bushman was often the leading man in the pictures of the 
silent picture days. Mr. Horsley often used someone's home to take 
scenes. The neighbors were thrilled. Sometimes the pictures were of 
Indians and Cowboys. This added to the interest. The fake fires often 
frightened people as smoke could be seen coming out of the doors and 
windows of homes which he obtained permission to use for scenery. 
The studio on Avenue E actually burned and many lives were lost as a 
result. Later Mr. Horsley became a prominent producer in Holly- 
wood, when in 19 12 with his brother he went to the coast and opened 
the first film studio there with a capital of $2,500. They made such 
a success that many other studios were opened and made Hollywood 
what it is today. 

David Horsley later bought the Hagenback Animal Show and he 
anticipated using the animals in movies but this was never successful. 



Mr. Horsley made a great success in his adventure but, like many 
other over-ambitious men, he died broke a few years later. 

The Bijou Theatre was built on Broadway and Twenty-third 
Street, where the Hudson County National Bank building now stands. 
For a while Xew York shows were produced. Rose Coughlin of 
Broadway, New York, fame played at this theatre, in "The Red 
Feather" and "The Ninety and Nine" was a feature advertised as 
coming direct from the New York Academy of Music. During the 
season of 1908, Manager Rusk arranged the best bills that could be 
secured with novelties in vaudeville. Neil Farley was booked as an 
illustrated Song Artist. 


On First Street at the foot of Avenue C, which was known as the 
Apple Orchard owned by the Dempsey Estate, the Washington Park 
Theatre was located. Washington Park, an amusement park was also 
located there. The opening of this theatre was in May of 1905 under 
the management of Mr. E. A. Schiller. The theatre was a small, 
peaked roof, frame building. To this little theatre, many leading- 
lights from New York came, among them were Jim Corbett, famous 
heavyweight champion of the world ; Maggie Gline of "Throw'em 
down, McClusky" fame; Harry and John Kernell ; Lottie Gilson, 
Dorothy Russell, the beautiful and gifted daughter of Lillian Russell; 
Pat Rooney and his fifteen Street Urchins in singing and dancing 
specialties; Louis Granat, the world's greatest finger whistler and 
many others. The Park Gardens opened at this time also. 

Little Gus Suckow, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Suckow of the 
uptown section, was making quite a hit as a juvenile actor. He 
appeared in Arlington Park where vaudeville was shown as well as 
Edison's newest moving pictures and where dancing was enjoyed to 
the strains of Prof. Siefert's music. He also appeared many times 
at the Park Casino where a weekly series of amateur nights, innovated 
by Manager Schiller, proved to be an attractive sideline. Little Gus 
gave impersonations of George M. Cohan, the song and dance man, 
with his high hat and cane. He was as much at ease behind the foot- 
lights as a veteran and his catchy songs of the day, interspersed with 
topical hits, never failed to tickle the fancy and excite the enthusiasm 
of his hearers. He was a drawing card at various entertainments at 
clubs and social affairs. Dorothy Purely dancing the Cake Walk, 
accompanied him often. 



Theodore Roberts, who played, "The Squaw Man" on Broadway 
several seasons and also toured on the road in the play, lived on Avenue 
E and Forty-first Street for many years. He owned a boat the "Toby- 
wanna" at the Pavonia Yacht Club and participated in the activities 
of the club. He later went to Hollywood, where he was a great suc- 
cess playing character parts in the movies. 

During 1905, Samuel H. Guy, a prominent citizen about town for 
several years, branched out in the Undertaking business. He secured 
offices formerly occupied by Undertaker N. B. Lockwood on Broadway 
and Thirty-third Street. He had been in the livery business many 
years at which time he furnished Mr. Lockwood with coaches and 
hearses and otherwise assisted him in funeral work. Mr. Guy later 
erected the building on Thirty-seventh Street and Broadway which is 
now the home of the Bennett Auto Sales Co. 


The paid Fire Department supplanted the Volunteer Department 
on September 3, 1906 with Captain Sherwin as Acting Chief until 
January, 1907 when Alfred Davis was appointed Chief. 

The Department consisted of five Engine Companies and two 
Truck Companies. 

The manuel force was five permanent men and five call men to a 
company including a Captain to each Company. 

Christ Presbyterian Church became interested in outdoor life and 
sports and obtained permission in 1907 from the owners of the prop- 
erty at Avenue C and Forty-first Street to make a tennis court where 
for several seasons tournaments were enjoyed. 


The Bayonne Opera House building was erected in 1907 and was 
considered a very fine theatre. E. A. Schiller was manager for several 
seasons and stock companies were popular with the people of the city. 
Some may recall when Irene Timmons and (Franklin Munnell were 
the leading actors at this theatre and some years later Lorna Eliott and 
Robert Le Seuer. Another prominent leading man was Roger Prior, 
the bandmaster's son, who has since those days made a success in 
the movies in Hollywood. 

In the early spring of 1907 Otto Meister's Bergen Point Casino 
opened for the season with its usual fine cuisine. An orchestra of 
young ladies, whose playing was a feature of the previous season, con- 
tinued to be a feature. 



In 1907 Melville Hussey delighted hundreds by his singing at enter- 
tainments. He is remembered by many as wearing long curls and kilts 
as he sang, "I Love a Lassie." He was popular and was loved like 
Shirley Temple is today. In 1909 he played all the larger cities on 
Keiths circuit. 

At a meeting held at the home of Mrs. Solon Humphreys the 
officers for the ensuing year were elected for the Bergen Point Lawn 
Tennis Club as follows : 

Miss Humphreys, President; Mr. Janeway, Vice-President; Percy 
Borough, Secretary; Edna Brown, Treasurer. 

The Ground Committee was composed of : Harry Eddy, Chairman, 
Roy Mulford, Austin Meigs, Margaret Winants and Margaret Meigs. 

Another theatre of the early i90o's was the Bayonne Theatre. In 
December 1907 fire broke out in the theatre while a show was going on 
and the actors remained on the stage until all were out of the house. 
The damage was estimated at $6,000. 

At that time Donnell's Dancing Class, under the direction of Prof. 
Z. F. Donnell, was held at the La Tourette Hotel on Tuesday evenings. 

Frank Melville took over the proprietorship of Arlington Park 
from Frank Kimmerly and called it "Melville Park." There were 
amusements, dance floor and restaurant and it was a popular center 
during the summers and free displays of fireworks were frequent. One 
of the features in the advertisements of the park was "30,000 electric 

Taken from Bayonne Herald, Saturday Morning, Nov. 16, 1907 


S. J. Weidenhamer is selling not only pure drugs but pure Huylers 

A. E. Harris has put in a complete new stock of wall paper and 
picture moulding. 

A. D. Woodruff is selling roast beef of unusual quality for 18 cents 
per pound. 

E. G. Brown's Pianos are the joy of music loving people of 

J. B. Gartley is selling a great many pairs of La France shoes for 
women. They come at $3.00 and $3.50. 

Strauss Bros, are putting in a fine line of Christmas holiday 

W. C. Oliver is a busy man and lucky enough to be busy always. 



In 1908 Bayonne again had the honor of having a Candidate for 
President of the United States visit the city. This time it was William 
Jennings Bryan who spoke at the Bijou Theatre on Broadway and 
Twenty-third Street. 

During this year the office of Assistant Chief of the Fire Depart- 
ment was created and Lewis S. Bonney was appointed. 

On July 1, 1908 the call system was abolished in the Fire Depart- 
ment and a full paid department established, 15 men being appointed 
to make the change, making 8 men to Engine Company and 6 men to 
Truck Company. 

The Republican Club held the formal opening of their new club- 
house on Broadway and 29th Street with a dance on December 16, 

Mr. Preston H. Smith was principal of the High School in 1908 
and James H. Christie was Superintendent of Schools. 

A new bridge over the Morris Canal was completed in December 
of 1908. While the bridge was being built, passengers had to change 
cars and walk across the old bridge at all hours of the day and night 
and in all kinds of weather. The old bridge had been condemned as 

Taken from Evening Journal, Jersey City, Saturday Dec. 12, 1908 


"A lady wearing a wide brimmed "Merry Widow Hat" attempted 
to enter by the narrow door leading into the pay-as-you-enter-car, when 
hat became wedged in door barring her entrance and holding up several 
other passengers. The incident occurred in front of Police Head- 
quarters. Lawyer James McCabe who was getting off the car, came 
to the young lady's rescue." 



1909 TO 1914 

John J. Cain Elected Mayor: Bergoff, The Strikebreaker Comes to the City; 
S. J. Harwi, City Engineer: Matthew T. Cronin Elected Mayor: William P. 
Lee Succeeded William Hamilton As City Clerk: Fire Department's First 
Steps in Motorizing: City Visited By Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard 
Taft and Woodrow Wilson: Lyceum Theatre: A Municipal Flag Adopted. 

John J. Cain was elected Mayor succeeding Pierre Garven and he 
served one term, 1909 to 191 1. 
Pearl Bergoff was the third and reigning ''King of Strikebreak- 
ers" who started life as a private detective and bodyguard for the late 
Stanford White. He accumulated a fortune by breaking strikes as a 
business. Probably no other man has influenced the fate of American 
labor more during the last quarter of a century. In three weeks "King 
Bergoff" earned $700,000. from the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Com- 
pany ; from the Erie Railroad he collected more than a million. He 
came to Bayonne in 1909 with the fruits of his earnings as a strike- 
breaker. The Red Demon, as he was called, started to build a place 
for himself in the community. He built a three-story, gabled roof, 
sixteen room house on the Boulevard. His place had the atmosphere 
and surroundings of plenty. He hired servants, and as the sun 
of prosperity continued to shine upon him, these were supplemented 
by a chauffeur and a part-time gardener. With his accumulated for- 
tune, Bergoff began to feel the need for greater recognition than a big 
city like New York would afford him. Bayonne offered a better oppor- 
tunity for display than the metropolis. He assumed the role of a lead- 
ing citizen soon after his arrival in the city. He mixed with politicians 
of such prominence as the city could afford. Sporting circles began to 
know him. Imitative and gifted with a flare for the spectacular, he 
adopted Jim Farley's habit of patronizing the races. When golf be- 
came the proper pastime of the newly rich, he appeared on the links 
and played for stakes of a hundred and live hundred dollars. He golfed 
at the various Golf Clubs with Floyd Ramsay and Louis Creighton, the 
town's wealthiest realtors, and with Edward I. Edwards, Governor of 
New Jersey and United States Senator. 

Bergoff built some residential houses in 19 14 for the purpose of 
identifying himself as a local business man. He bought the old 



Schumaker farm in Greenville and made it ridiculous by placing upon 
it one hundred and six, two and three family houses. They were so 
poorly constructed that within three years they were an eye sore. As 
the crowning achievement of this building episode, he erected the 
Bergoff Building, which still bears his name at Twenty-second Street 
and Broadway. This was a convential four-story office building, and 
was at the time, the largest in the County. It was the height of 
modernity, with marble and terrazzo walls in its lobby, and a terra- 
cotta exterior. Eleven stones at the top of the building bear in large 
Gothic, gilt letters, the insignia "P.L.B." He gave the Red Cross nine 
rooms in the Building when it was new and untenanted and Mrs. 
Bergoff raised a Red Cross flag on the roof in the presence of Mayor 
Pierre Garven, a Standard Oil Lawyer and two hundred militiamen. 
Bergoff Bros. & Waddell with a $2,500. gift led the list of contributors 
to the Red Cross in 19 16. He gave several hundred dollars a year to 
the Democratic and Republican parties, on the principal that it was best 
to be friendly with both. 

Bayonne accepted Bergoff with no serious questions asked. He 
was a dashing, active, glad hand about town. With his marriage, he 
had cut the slender strands that bound him to Judaism and had joined 
the Catholic Church. Religious and charitable drives of all denomina- 
tions called upon him and received help. Thus he passed across the 
Bayonne horizon, a blazing meteor. But his star went down and he 
quietly disappeared from the scene. On the Boulevard, where the 
Bergoff family once announced its advanced social and financial status, 
is now the ornate but depressing mortuary, Snell's Funeral Home. 

Under the Cain administration, Mr. S. J. Harwi was appointed 
City Engineer, which he held under the administrations of Mayors 
Cronin and Daly. He succeeded Mr. Dalrymple who served as City 
Engineer under the administrations of Mayors Brady and Garven. 

In May of 19 10 Bayonne Park, formerly Melville Park, opened for 
the season under the management of Mr. William Strelsin. In addi- 
tion to the amusements already in the park, new attractions were added. 
The open air theatre, Chinese Restaurant and roller skating rink were 
new features. Other stirring features were Mile. La Belle and "Dare 
Devil" Hurley. The park ran for a few years until a Jewish Hospital 
group bought the property. The hospital enterprise, however, failed to 

During this year Ed Mason's Vaudeville and Picture theatre which 



occupied the Arcade Building on Avenue C near Twenty-third Street, 
was totally destroyed by fire of mysterious origin. 

The Cavaliers Fortnightly Dances at the La Tourette Hotel were 
very popular with the younger set for several years and during this 
winter they had a Shirtwaist Dance, their usual Masquerade and a 
Cotillion at the end of the season. 

Siegel Seeman, one of the brothers of Seeman's White Rose fame, 
disposed of his home on West Thirty-third, after the death of his wife, 
and with his three children left Bayonne. He moved to Riverside 
Drive, New York City. In later years, William Seeman, the son, mar- 
ried Phyllis Haver of movie fame and the daughter, Irma Seeman, 
married Rube Goldberg, the famous cartoonist. 

Matthew T. Cronin was elected Mayor in 191 1 and served for 
one term. 

William P. Lee succeeded William Hamilton as City Clerk. Mr. 
Lee was first named an Assistant City Clerk on June 1, 1895 and served 
for eleven years. On October 10, 191 1 he became City Clerk which 
office he held until his death. He was also Custodian of the flag and 
seal of the City of Bayonne. 

In 19 1 2 steps were taken to motorize the Fire Department. The 
Chief's automobile was purchased and placed in service on November 

During that year Teddy Roosevelt made a campaign speech at West 
Eighth Street. The station resounded to great cheers of Bull Moose 
followers, the ticket on which "Teddy" was waging his fight for elec- 
tion to the presidency. 

The Lyceum Theatre was built on Broadway and Thirty-eighth 
Street about this time and it was indeed a thrill to the uptown residents 
to have a theatre in their midst. This theatre was very attractive when 
new. The walls and ceiling were trellis work painted white with pink 
roses entwined around about and enriched by pink lights. It was re- 
garded as a sort of rose paradise. One of the first serials offered was 
"The Perils of Pauline" with Pearl White. Young and old alike were 
fascinated with it as serials were a new thing at that time. 

William Howard Taft, who was President of the United States 
from 1909 to 19 1 3 visited Bayonne while running for re-election on 
the Republican ticket and made a speech in Constable Hook near the 
Standard Oil Company gates. This was near the"Chinese Wall." He 
was welcomed enthusiastically by the people. 

Woodrow Wilson, Democratic candidate for president of the 



United States, visited Bayonne at this time and delivered an address at 
the Bayonne City Democratic Club. He was given a very cordial 
welcome by the people of the city. 

Up to 19 1 4, Bayonne had no municipal flag. Accordingly Mayor 
M. T. Cronin, wishing to correct the oversight, requested Mr. T. F. 
Parker, then Chairman of the Library Board, to furnish some suitable 
flag designs for the city. Mr. Parker submitted one, a tricolor, red, 
white and blue, with a sailing vessel on the white space. William Mann 
presented a design showing a white flag with a deep blue border con- 
verging on each corner. In the center a Schooner-rigged sailing craft, 
emblematic of the fishing and oyster industry that once flourished in 
the waters that ebbed and flowed along the shores of our city. The 
tricolor design by Mr. Parker was adopted and so became the flag of 

Joseph NeidorfT has served the city by providing excellent electric 
equipment during the past twenty-five years, having set up in business 
in 1914. The store is located on Broadway between Twenty-fourth 
and Twenty-fifth Streets and carries a large assortment of the finest 
variety of lamps, lighting fixtures and appliances. 




Commission Government Adopted: Jitney Bus Service Inaugurated: Hudson 

County Park Completed in 1916: Two Platoon System Inaugurated in Fire 

.Department: Mrs. William M. Wauters Praised for Executive Ability: 

Bayonne Day Nursery Founded By Henry Wilson in 1917: License Granted 

to Bayonne Athletic Association for Boxing Bouts. 

DR. Bert Daly was elected Mayor and served from January i, 
1 9 14 to April 21, 19 1 5. In 191 5, by popular vote the city 
adopted a Commission form of Government. The first five 
Commissioners elected were : Mayor Pierre P. Garven, Hugh H. 
Mara, Henry Wilson, Matthew T. Cronin and Horace Roberson. 

William C. Hamilton served as City Clerk for more than forty 
years — April 1869 to May 1915. His signature appeared on thousands 
of official documents. Beside drafting the City Charter, Mr. Hamilton 
prepared numerous laws pertaining to municipalities and institutions 
of Bayonne and other cities. He was the custodian of records and the 
directing power in the municipal machinery for two score years. 

Jitney Bus service was inaugurated in 191 5. The first buses, Ford 
touring cars with elongated bodies, were operated in rather a slip shod 
manner. They rattled along in a very shakey way operating between 
Bergen Point and Fifty- fourth Street and Broadway. They were 
amusing sights, especially when jammed with passengers so that the 
bodies rested on the axles. They were of great service to the people, 
however. The Hook lines were a source of considerable confusion and 
complaint. The jitneys carried people from the Hook as far as Avenue 
E where the driver shouted, "All out." An ordinance was finally 
passed whereby both jitney bus operators and the public were benefitted. 

In 191 5 Mrs. William M. Wauters wrote the words of the Con- 
vention song, "New Jersey's Daughters'' and she was made ''National 
Flower" Chairman for the General Federation. 

Dr. William W. Brooke was appointed Health Officer by Commis- 
sioner Henry Wilson, and served until the time of his death in Decem- 
ber 1937. 

Bernard McPhail, a sort of hermit, lived in a shack near Dressig's 
Grove at that time. He was a painter when he worked and became a 
sort of neighborhood character or curiosity before his death. 



The Hudson County Park, with entrance on Avenue C between 
Fortieth and Forty-first Streets and extending to Newark Bay, was 
completed in 19 16. This is one of the beautiful garden spots of the 
city. Its beauty is enhanced by the fact that it is a natural park with 
lovely old trees. At the time the park was laid out, several homes were 
removed but the fruit trees, such as cherry, apple and peach, make the 
park a thing of rare beauty in the spring. There was a farm called 
Wyman's on Avenue C before the park was laid out. The large farm- 
house stood far back from the street and the apples were an attraction 
to boys who could not resist a desire for fruit even though the landlord 
seriously objected. Bender's Farm was adjoining this and extended 
to Thirty-eighth Street. The park has a fine playground for the 
children and a wading pool with sandy beach. It has fine tennis courts 
and a baseball diamond. During the summer months, some of the 
churches band together and hold union services in the park on Sunday 

In 19 16 a dancing class for married people, of which Miss Geneva 
Walker was the instructress, was inaugurated at Geibel's Hall and was 
very popular. 

August Kress made a reputation as a monologist and entertainer 
and was especially popular with the younger set. 

On August 24, 191 7, the two platoon system was inaugurated by 
the Fire Department and thirty-eight men were appointed to the De- 
partment to make the change and the Department was divided into 
two platoons. The working period was from ten to fourteen hours. 
Changes were made every fourth day. The office of Lieutenant was 
abolished and all Lieutenants were made Captains, thus creating uni- 
formity throughout. 

On March 31, 191 7 in an open letter to the members of the State 
Federation of Woman's Clubs, Mrs. William M. Wauters was praised 
for the wonderful work accomplished by her. She was highly praised 
for her executive ability, her poetic and literary skill. She was en- 
dorsed by the six Federated Clubs of Bayonne (The Athena, Music 
and Literary Study Club, City Betterment Club, Woman's Club, Poli- 
tical Study Club and the Alpha Literary and Musical Club) for the 
office of Vice-President at large of the New Jersey Federation. 

The Bayonne Day Nursery was founded October 191 7 at Forty- 
one West Twenty-third Street by Director of Public Safety, Henry 
Wilson. Mrs. Luther S. Cadugan was the first President. Mr. Wilson, 
who died during his term of office, had charge of the City's Welfare 



Department at the time of its organization. Miss Lillian Buisson has 
been Matron since the opening of the Nursery. Only one child was en- 
tered on the opening day but attendance increased and a larger build- 
ing was needed. Accordingly by 19 19 the aggregate attendance was, 
for the month of November, six hundred fifty-eight children with an 
average daily attendance of twenty-five. The Day Nursery dedicated 
a bronze tablet memorial to Mr. Henry Wilson on October 20, 1933. 
The officers at that time were : 

Mrs. Luther Cadugan, President ; Mary J. Donohoe, Vice-Presi- 
dent; Margaret Dennison, Secretary; Minnie C. Anderson, Treasurer; 
Mary A. Brooks, Corresponding Secretary ; Mary T. Kavanagh, 
Maude V. Brady, Sophia A. Jozwiak, Frances G. Keenan, Anna 
Rubine, Rachael G. Smith, Marguerite Woodruff. 

In August 19 18 the office of Lieutenant in the Fire Department was 
restored. Provision was made for one Lieutenant for each Company 
and also for an additional twelve men. 

At a meeting of the New Jersey Boxing Commission in 1918 held 
in the State House in Trenton a license to conduct boxing bouts was 
granted to the Bayonne Athletic Association. This news was welcomed 
by many Bayonne fistic enthusiasts who had patiently awaited for some 
action towards the establishment of an up to date boxing club in the 
city. Otto Levy, proprietor of a local meat market, Henry Grossman, 
who owned a successful moving picture house here as well as others 
throughout the State, and Stanley McCullough, Secretary of the 
Department of Public Safety, were named in the incorporation papers 
of the organization. Plans were made for bouts to take place at the 
pavilion in Bayonne Park, Fifty-first Street and the Boulevard, which 
had been leased by the Bayonne Athletic Association. The seating 
capacity was approximately eighteen hundred and this was enlarged to 
accommodate about five hundred more.. 



1917 TO 1923 

Bayonne Plays Part in the World War: James J. Donovan and Cornelius 
Gallagher Received Croix De Guerre: Homer Axford Elected Mayor: 
Eamonn De Valera Welcomed to City: Alpha C. Jarvis Appointed Sub- 
Registrar: Transportation Improved: Robert Talbot Elected Mayor: De Witt 
Theatre Premiere Performance in 1923: "A Poem of Early Bayonne," By 
Peggy Guest. 

The call to arms for the World War was heard in 191 7 and once 
again the citizens of Bayonne answered it and marched away to 
fight to save democracy. Some joined the Army and some 
joined the Navy. Train load after train load went through Bayonne 
to be transported to boats for overseas. The people cheered them as 
they went and it wasn't until the meatless days, heatless days, and 
lightless days came that they realized they were in war. 

Naval boats often landed in Bayonne waters and the fair maidens 
of the town did everything they could to make the stay of the officers 
and sailors as pleasant as possible by giving parties and dances. They 
were glad to do this as their own boy friends were away at camps or 
overseas. Mrs. Lynn Jennison was a fairy godmother to the girls and 
chaperoned them from place to place as they were often invited aboard 
the boats for entertainment. The girls furnished home-made cakes 
and coffee to treat the boys who were away from home. 

Bayonne's part in the World War was one in which every 
citizen should take pride. In addition to giving over 4,000 of her 
sons, nearly two hundred of whom made the supreme sacrifice, 
Bayonne over-subscribed the Liberty Loans by about $6,000,000 and 
went over the top in every other war "Drive." The city contributed 
refined nickel in such vast quantities that they were practically able to 
equip the armies of the United States and the allies and also the navies 
of Great Britain and the United States. Bayonne boilers, to the vast 
total of 1,845,000 horse power, were used by the United States Army, 
Navy, Merchant Marine, Shipping Board and other Government 
agencies. Over 25,000,000 barrels of gasoline, kerosene, fuel and gas 
oil used by the United States and her Allies during the war were sent 
from Bayonne. Hundreds of ships were supplied with Naval guns, 
made in Bayonne, as protection against submarines. Nearly 11,000 



miles of wire cable for communication, field, mine and outpost were 
manufactured in Bayonne. We also sent out seven hundred and 
twenty-three finished submarine chasers, a total greater than all other 
yards of the world combined. Nearly seven thousand tons of steel 
castings and eight thousand tons of iron and steel rivets were made in 
Bayonne and used for war purposes. Silk for gas masks, many articles 
used for sanitation purposes, a constitutent part of TNT, chemicals 
used in the manufacture of bombs, poison gas shells, and heavy pro- 
jectiles, as well as doors for hangers, torpedo boat parts, refrigeration 
plants, and materials for the United States Ordinance Department 
were also "Made in Bayonne." 

On July i, 191 7 wartime prohibition went into effect. 

On July 3rd, Lieut. Col. Lucius F. Donohoe was welcomed home 
from the war by 10,000 citizens. 

On July 4th the entire populace turned out to welcome local ex- 
service men in a big fourth of July parade. 

An entertainment given at Opera House Hall for returned service 
men was attended by 1,500 people. 


A pretty welcome home dance was given at the Pavonia Yacht 
Club, foot of nth Street and Newark Bay, by the Misses Dorothy and 
Gladys Mellor and Lillian Gillespie. The ballroom was tastefully 
decorated with signal flags, flags of all nations and American flags. It 
was a gala occasion. There were forty-five couples present and Prof. 
Roach's band of five-pieces furnished the music. 

Among those present were : 

Emma Applegate, Mildred Applegate, Ruth Darvell, Katherine 
Ince, Anna Grazing, Margaret Raichlen, Gladys Kern, Florence 
Sheehan, Helen Woodward, Evelyn Marley, Clara Nichols, Olive 
Loschnitz, Marion Dennis, Clara Tiering, Helen Hagen, Hazel 
Thatcher, Rhoda Woodward, Lillian Geery, Mildred Rowe. 

May Balfore of New York; Belle Harris of Freeport, L. I.; 
Madeline Nicholson of Brooklyn; Frances Kelly of Jersey City; Hilda 
and Helen Renbold of Jersey City; Alice Young of Jersey City; Mollie 
Begans of Jersey City ; Laurette Begans of Jersey City; Laura Morgan 
of Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Messrs: Elmer Woodward, Junior Raphael, 
Harry Hayfield, Bert Stephens, Albert Urie, Earl Kenny, Lester Kern, 
Victor Conklin, Arthur Shaw, Lester Robertson, Griffin Pharo, 
William Morton, Chris Smith, Kenneth Foster, Edgar Collier, Chas. 



Fulshaw, James Doran, Raymond Hovell, William Burchell, H. B. 
Woodward, John Lowry, Luther Bunn, Alex. MacAdie, Ted Hagen. 

Joe Harris of Freeport, L. I. ; Chas. Stephens of New York ; C. 
Rockwell of New York; Chas. Kinsel of New York; Jack Morrison, 
Westfield, N. J. ; Clarence B. Maguire, Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Dr. and Mrs. 
George W. Mellor; Air. and Mrs. Harry Price; Mr. and Mrs. Frank 
Tillou; Mr. and Mrs. John Gillespie; William McGovern of Jersey 
City; Frank Bonner of Jersey City; Arthur Muller of Jersey City; 
Warren Rhinhart Merril of Jersey City; G. Anderson of Jersey City; 
B. McCabe of Jersey City. 

A Memorial dedicating the Portraits of Our Boys who gave their 
lives for their Country in the World War took place in the Bayonne 
Public Library June 27, 1925. Those who made the supreme sacrifice 
were : 

John H. Ah f eld, Harold T. Andrews, Florence Athay, John 
Alexander, Stanislaw Barcyk, Roy A. Beach, Walter Branscombe, 
Dennis V. Boyle, James Boyle, Timothy Coughlin, John Chulu, 
Theodore Cadmus, Wadislaw Chrzamowski, Edward Cronin, Anthony 
Cirbus, James Cuff, Harry Connolly, William Carner, Constantino 
Cavallo, William De Carnis, Harry Deering, Thomas Degnan, Colin R. 
Doane, Dennis F. Donovan, John J. Esker, James Egan, John G. 
Erwin, Morris Epstein, Frank Freeman, Patrick J. Fitzpatrick, 
Michael Forfe, George F. Freader, Amos R. Gonder, Samuel Green- 
stein, Stanley Gebrosky, Joseph Golzaboski, George Gross, Alfred T. 
Germond, Joseph Heidelback, John Hinners, John Hardier, John A. 
Harz, Frank W. Higgins, William Herbert, Michael Holmes, Joseph 
Honan, Timothy Harrington, Jeremiah Haggerty, Thomas M. 
Hayden, Howard Humphrey, Martin Joyce, Thomas Johnson, Patrick 
Kearney, James Joseph Keating, P. J. Kane, Peter Edward Leddy, 
William A. Lauenstein, Thomas J. Lynch, Michael C. Lefante, Max 
Levine, Joseph Musante, Fred A. Mackenzie, Joseph Mangialomini, 
Walter McCormick, Michael Micklosh, Ralph Cushing Morse, Edward 
Macklin, Joseph Macisecko, Joseph Leonard, Matteson, Joseph 
McCarthy, Carmino Mazzullo, Jack McGrath, John G. Nagengast, 
George A. Neal, Michael Nickolos, Andrew Orlando, Charles 
O'Donnell, Walter Orlek, Joseph J. Passuth, William J. Pauser, John 
Rearden, William C. Ring, John J. Reilly, Felix Ramatowski, John 
Ransa, Frank Richards, Howard Suckow, .Abraham Staller, Edward 
F. Syrop, John Shellhorn, Charlton Suydam, Michael Sullivan, Martin 
Stanton, John Spavin, Edward Service, Jesus Sanchez, George H. 



Saunders, Jr., John Edward Vanca, William Wauters, Joseph Wade, 
Joseph A. Walsh, William Westlake, James Ward and Joseph Tkac. 


Mrs. Josephine Harz of 894 Avenue C is a very active Gold Star 
Mother. She had the honor of being the State President in 1939 of 
the American Gold Star Mothers of the World War. 

Mayor James J. Donovan is the only living man in Bayonne who 
received the Croix de Guerre in the World War. He was also dec- 
orated by the Italian Government for bravery. Cornelius Gallagher 
also received the Croix de Guerre but he has since passed away. 

Bayonne Post No. 19 American Legion honored twenty-six vet- 
erans at a meeting on February 12, 1940 when they were presented 
with 15 and 20 year Legion star cards indicating length of time of 
affilation with local post. Among those honored were Mayor James J. 
Donovan ; former Mayor, Dr. L. F. Donohoe ; District Court Judge 
Aaron A. Melniker; Francis K. Strohoefer; Dr. M. J. Weiss; Dr. Leo 
Cooper ; Counselor Bart R. Boyle ; Dr. Sidney Chaves, John F. Doolan, 
Harold E. McCullough ; Harrison S. Nichols ; Andrew F. Pavlick ; 
John M. Lang; John E. Schroder, Harry Rockmaker, Edwin W, 
Johnson, Thos. M. Hamilton, John Calverley, Jr., Theodore Winter- 
halter; A. V. Ripps, W. F. Johansson, Samuel Lipschitz, Edward B. 
Sweeney, Daniel J. Vasser ; Demetrio Foti and Joseph Rutkowski. 

On February 24, 1940 F. A. Mackenzie Post No. 165 celebrated its 
twentieth anniversary with a dinner-dance in St. Joseph's Hall. A 
feature of the program was the reading of the history of the Post by 
George S.Syme. 

W. Homer Axford was Mayor of the City until May 14, 1923. 

Eamonn De Valera was welcomed to the City and spoke at the 
High School where he was given a big ovation. 

At this time a four-story storage warehouse of the Southern Cotton 
Seed Oil Company at the Hook was destroyed by spectacular fire. 

Captain Sunstedt made a trial flight in Hydroplane "Sunrise" from 
the Pavonia Yacht Club. 

On October 4, 1919 Commissioner Talbot urged fire inspection of 
all factories, halls and houses. He also urged Chief Alfred Davis to 
get in touch with Supt. of Schools and ask him to instruct the Prin- 
cipals of the several schools to talk to the children on the subject. 

The Police Force in 1919 consisted of: 



One Chief; i Inspector; 14 Lieutenants; 6 Detective Bureau men; 
no Patrolmen; 1 Captain; 1 Superintendent. 

During the year the complete motorization of the Fire Department 
was accomplished by the purchase of the last required piece of motor 
apparatus replacing all horse drawn apparatus. Fourteen men were 
added to the department. 

In 1 9 19 the Jitney bus line split into two routes pushing into 
Jersey City making it possible to reach Summit Avenue (now Journal 
Square) on the buses of the same line by changing at the city line 
from Broadway buses to the newly instituted Boulevard bus. 

A $20,000 bonus was distributed among the employees of the 
Mechanics Bank in January 1920. 

The old house at Constable Hook was torn down to make room 
for Standard Oil extension. 

During January a glue pot in a barrel factory of the Standard Oil 
exploded resulting in the death of one man and injury to two others. 

The plant of the Flower Waste and Packing Company was wiped 
out by a $60,000. blaze. 

Alpha C. Jarvis was appointed Sub-Registrar on May 25, 1920, a 
post he held until his death in 1939. 

On Decoration Day 1920 veterans of three wars took part in an 
impressive Memorial Day parade. 

During the year a special train bearing foreign born residents left 
Bayonne on a two day Americanization excursion to Washington, D. C. 

In 1920 the Broadway and Boulevard bus lines divided under a 
gentlemen's agreement to adhere to their own particular routes. From 
that time on splendid service was enjoyed between Eighth Street and 
Journal Square. The Bus terminal has since then been shifted to 
Second Street, and the Boulevard. The ever-growing popularity of 
bus travel boosted the industry from the use of seventeen seat buses in 
1923 to thirty-three and thirty-nine seat buses, while the number of 
vehicles has been greatly increased. 

The South Hudson County Boulevard Bus Owner's Association 
was organized in 1922 and is composed of private bus owners who 
have banded together for uniformity in service and other advantages. 

All night service was inaugurated in 1922, buses running every 
half hour on week days and Saturday night every 15 minutes after 
2 A. M. 



During the year 1921 the famous Old La Tourette Hotel, which 
played such a spectacular role in Bayonne history, was condemned and 
torn down and the land was converted into what is now known as 
La Tourette Park as a sort of a memorial to the old shrine. 

An ordinance for the purchase of land and the construction of a 
Junior Vocational High School costing $1,200,000 was passed during 
the Axford administration, 1919-1923. 

Old Jim Jackson, as he came to be familiarly known, a negro who 
lived in a hut on the New York Bay shore at the foot of 41st Street 
was a character that all fishermen knew. He lived in an abandoned 
boat locker for 40 years. It was covered with tar paper on the outside 
and looked like a big packing box, much the worse for wear. From 
the lean tin chimney on the roof, a thin stream of smoke was the only 
sign of life and the stinging, howling wind that came tearing across the 
bay made the shack seem frail indeed, as a shelter of a human being. 
But Jim Jackson, who never could remember how old he was, thought 
perhaps he was 85, sat at his stove contented because he was in no- 
body's way. He was born in Bergen Point. For the first 40 years of 
his life he worked at various jobs from farming to driving a coal 
wagon. He was a fisherman, too. He earned his livelihood catching 
oysters, eels and crabs in the bay. The fisherman were kind to him 
and always remembered him at Christmas. When asked about what 
he would like, he always said he would just like something good to 
eat and maybe a little chewin' tobacco. 

May 15, 1923 Robert Talbot was elected Mayor to serve until 
May 17, 1927. 

At this time the Jewish population in the city was estimated to be 
about 25,000. 

During this year nine men were added to the Fire Department. 

In 1923 the City Commissioners were: 

Mayor Robert Talbot, Dr. Bert Daly, Homer Axford, Patrick 
O'Connell, Harry Hosford. 

On Thursday, December 20, 1923 the De Witt Theatre gave its 
premiere performance, with the finest motion pictures that could be 
had and vaudeville (6 acts) supplied by B. F. Keith. A very fine 
$35,000. Wurlitzer organ was installed in the theatre and the patrons 
were entertained with a combination of organ and orchestra. The 
managing director was David Keizerstein. 




I often heard Old Grandad relate 
Of old Bayonne in its infancy state. 
Seems not so long ago, but I have no date, 
Pioneered before mv davs at any rate. 

Changed are the scenes on thy verdant shore, 
Spacious homes of wealth are seen no more, 
Nor the La Tourette House, where society reigned, 
And with pompous splendor entertained. 

Changed are the paths we used to know 
From Bergen Point to Pamrapo, 
Gone are the gardens and shady trees 
That filled the air with scented breeze. 

Gone Lover's Bridge where oft were told 

Sweet tales of love that never grow old. 

The farmer's cottage in summer time 

Was decked with climbing roses and columbine. 

Gone are the Apple trees which added joys 
To climbing spirit of daring boys. 
And luscious berries we used to seek 
Along the banks of Patty-Kill-Creek. 

The steamer ''Red Jacket" is seen no more 
Tooting its merry whistle on reaching shore. . 
No fishing now from convenient rock, 
Or the better place at Humphrey's dock. 

Now all is changed to hustle and toil, 
Sounds of factories and smells of oils, 
With rushing cars and hurrying feet 
Along each busy well paved street. 

Peggy Guest. 



1924 TO 1930 

Garden Apartments Built in Campaign for Industrial Housing: Hermaneau- 
Rogow Stadium Built in 1925: Vincent Lopez in Bayonne: Walter Clarkson, 
City Engineer: Standard Oil Company Won Suit Over Burial Grounds at 
Hook: Goldman Band Presented By Kiwanis Club: Dr. Bert Daly Elected 
Mayor: Bayonne's New Postoffice: Fire in Old City Hotel: Frank McPheivon, 
Chief Engineer of Commander Byrd's Antarctic Expedition: Charles A. 
Lindbergh Visited Elco Works: Bus Line Operated Between New York City 
and Bayonne: Dr. George W. Mellor Honored at Smoker. 

The Board of Commissioners passed three separate ordinances 
on August 20, 1924, to borrow money for the Board of Educa- 
tion. One of the ordinances provided for $1,614,000 for the 
Junior High School; a second for $192,780. for the grading of the 
grounds and equipment of the Junior High School and a third for 
$45,000. for the purchase of additional land for playground pur- 
poses for the Mary J. Donohoe School. This unusual educational 
activity was evidence of keen interest along those lines. 

Mrs. John D. Rockefeller supplied the money for live apartment 
houses called the Garden Apartments. The first building was com- 
pleted in 1924. These apartments were erected in a campaign for 
Industrial Housing and the last of the buildings was completed in 
February 1925. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and his wife both visited the 
city to inspect the apartments. 

During the 1925 season the Bayonne Players Stock Company put 
on many very fine attractions and plays at the Opera House. The 
leading lady was Dagmar Linnette and the leading man was Walter 
Greaza, who a few years later appeared in Xew York plays. Others 
in the company were William Green, Hal Munnis, Hazel Hilliard, Joan 
Kroy, William Marr, Joseph Lawrence and one of our local girls, Miss 
Florence Stillwell, daughter of former District Court Judge Peter 
Stillwell, who joined the company and was a great hit. She was espe- 
cially good in, "The Trial of Mary Dugan." Miss Stillwell is a 
graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and displayed great 
talent for the stage. 

A new stadium, the Hermaneau-Rogow Stadium, which was at 
that time the second largest open air arena in Xew Jersey and located 



at Bayonne Pleasure Park on West First Street, had its formal opening 
with a set of boxing bouts on May 8, 1925. It was estimated that the 
stadium had seating capacity of 12,000. This made it twice the size 
of any open air club in the State with the exception of Boyle's thirty 
acres in Jersey City. 

Vincent Lopez and his symphonic orchestra, composed of twenty- 
five soloists, played before a capacity audience at Bayonne High School 
on October 13, 1925. The Kiwanis Club brought the Monarch of 
Jazz to Bayonne. "Good Evening Folks, this is Lopez speaking" and 
with the same salutation that thousands of radio listeners have heard, 
he raised his baton, and saxophones and trombones, piano and fiddle 
joined in a musical outburst which even grand opera patrons have come 
to acclaim as the folk music of the land. 

Sally O'Neill appeared in person at the De Witt Theatre on Janu- 
ary 22, 1926. Sally O'Neill is the stage name for Virginia Noonan, 
daughter of the late Judge Thomas F. Noonan. After leaving Bayonne, 
Miss O'Neill became a Hollywood star. 

The population of the city was estimated to be 91,000 in 1926, an 
increase of about 14,000 in six years. 

Walter Clarkson served as City Engineer with some intermission 
from 1926 to his death in 1938. 

During 1926 forty men were added to the Fire Department. 

Drakes Business College grew with great rapidity to three hundred 
students and occupied the entire floor of a large brick building on 
Broadway and Thirty-third Street. Charles Dell was principal and 
was ably assisted by a corpse of efficient teachers. 

The Standard Oil Company won a suit over the Van Buskirk 
Cemetery located at Constable Hook in October 1926. It was said that 
the last interment was made in the old cemetery in 1866 and that all 
bodies had been removed by 1905. The court said that the family vault 
had disappeared and that sand and dirt drifted over the plot until it 
bore no resemblance to a cemetery. The court held that the two hun- 
dred year old plot lost aspects of a burying ground since it was sur- 
rounded by oil tanks which barred the family from visiting the 

The Bayonne Kiwanis Club presented the famous Goldman Band 
of sixty musicians led by the eminent conductor, Edwin Franko Gold- 
man in person, for a concert in the Junior High School, October 21, 

Mayor Robert Talbot, Director of Revenue and Finance, Harry 



Hosford, Lieut. -Col. Lucius F.. Donohoe, Major A. A. Melniker and 
Recorder Eugene T. Sharkey were speakers at exercises held for Arm- 
istice Day in front of Washington School in connection with the un- 
veiling of Memorial Name Plates placed on the Memorial Trees planted 
along Avenue B in memory of Bayonne's War dead on November 5, 
1926. Services consisted of musical selections, recitations of '"Flanders 
Field" by Commander Neil Gallagher of Leddy Post, Salute to the 
dead by the Municipal Firing Squad, Sounding of Taps by Bugler 
Franklyn Steckert and addresses by the prominent men mentioned 

Bayonne's oldest woman died on February 16, 1927 at the ripe 
old age of one hundred and two, after a long illness. She was Mrs. 
Margaret Appleton of 15 Avenue B. She was also the oldest member 
of St. Thomas' Protestant Episcopal Church in New York City, and 
lived in Bayonne for many years. 

Dr. Bert Daly was elected Mayor on May 17, 1927 and served to 
May 19, 1931. 

The cornerstone for Bayonne's new postoffice was laid in 1927. 
The building is located on Broadway and Twenty-sixth Street. In 
addition to handling mails destined for all parts of the world, it also 
conducts various other departments affiliated with the postal service 
and has other government offices. 

Fire broke out in the old City Hotel on Broadway and Thirty- 
second Street on February 2, 1928. The loss was estimated to be 
$30,000. The City Hotel, which was managed for many years by the 
late Thomas F. Garrett, was one of the foremost gathering places in 
Bayonne. It was here that many social functions were held and the 
first political meetings were held. The passing of Bayonne from a 
residential city to a great industrial center was the doom of the old 
landmark as a hotel. It was converted into a manufacturing plant. 

April 7, 1928 a twenty-four hour fire destroyed the Bolt and Nut 
Factory with a $300,000. damage and a loss of jobs for one hundred 
seventy employees. 

When Commander Richard E. Byrd's Antarctic expedition sailed 
aboard the "Eleanor Boling," named in honor of the Commander's 
mother, on September II, 1928, Frank McPherson of 247 Avenue E 
was the Chief Engineer. Mr. McPherson was recommended by Mr. 
George Hooks, Assistant Superintendent of the Dollar Steamship Line. 
Mr. McPherson served on the Standard Oil Company and Vacuum Oil 
Company boats from the west coast of Chile to Buenos Aires and 



traveled around the Horn and spent four years in China and the 

An outdoor swimming pool and open-air gymnasium on the Boule- 
vard and Sixty-third Street was constructed in the spring of 1929 at 
an estimated cost of $65,000.. 

Charles A. Lindbergh visited Bayonne in 1929 for the purpose of 
obtaining a boat from the Elco Works for his wedding trip. Many of 
the employees had the opportunity of speaking to him and he im- 
pressed everyone as being a "regular fellow." 

In the early part of 1929 The Owners Association formed a cor- 
poration to operate a bus line between Bayonne and New York City 
at lower rates than charged by the Commuters Coach Corp. Fifteen 
new buses were purchased. The new company was known as the 
Boulevard Transit Company. They cut the price to thirty-five cents 
one way to New York. 

The personal effects of the late Mrs. Lydia A. Elsworth, last mem- 
ber of a family that had been in Bayonne for one hundred years, were 
sold at auction in 1929. The old home, located at Avenue C and 
Thirty-third Street was sold at auction. One of the pioneer families of 
the Peninsula, the Elsworths came to Bayonne before 1830 from West- 
creek, Ocean County, and were engaged in seacoast fisheries. The late 
Joseph E.. Elsworth, brother-in-law of Lydia, had great yacht racing 
ability and raced against the internationally known British sportsman, 
Sir Thomas Lipton. 

William C. Smith was elected president of the New Jersey branch 
of the United National Association of Post Office Clerks at the 29th 
Annual convention held at the Wood row Wilson Hotel, New Bruns- 
wick, N. J. on June 1, 1929. It was the first time a Bayonne man held 
the office. 

On June 3, 1929 four Bayonne women were listed on the first en- 
rollment of prospective jurors open for women to serve in Hudson 
County Courts. They were Mrs. Mary Boyd, Mrs. Agnes D. Germond, 
Mrs. Amile Du Bois and Mrs. Cecelia M. Pritchard. 

State Commander August H. Bahr of this city, presided at the 31st 
annual encampment of the Department of New Jersey, United Spanish 
War Veterans, held in Camden on June 5, 1929. 

Announcement was made, that for the first time in four hundred 
years, since the Society of Jesus came into existence, twins were or- 
dained as Jesuit priests. The twins were Charles A. and Albert C. 



Roth, thirty-two years old, the sons of Conrad Roth of 79 West Fourth 
Street. They were ordained on June 23, 1929. 

A freak thunderstorm lashed Bayonne and the entire metropolitan 
district with a fury of hail stones as big as marbles on June 15, 1929. 

At the annual convention held in Atlantic City on June 15, 1929, 
Dr. Lucius F. Donohoe, Commissioner of Parks and Public Property 
at that time, was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board of 
Trustees of the Medical Society of New Jersey. 

On June 26th of that same year, detectives from Prosecutor John 
Drewen's office, descended on West First Street and confiscated a 
truck load of wheels and other alleged gambling devices, besides plac- 
ing thirteen men, eleven of them Japanese, who were operating the 
stands, under arrest. 

Bayonne does not own its own water supply system. It does own 
the pipe line from Arlington to Bayonne and the piping stations that 
give us the necessary water pressure. The water is from the Passaic 
River and is taken in at Little Falls, N. J. The East Jersey Water 
Company has a dam and reservoir at Little Falls and the water is 
filtered at that point. We buy the water from the East Jersey Water 
Company on contract and Bayonne enjoys very fine drinking water. 

On Decoration Day 1930 very few Civil War Veterans took part. 
William Turbett, one of the three remaining members of Mansfield 
Post G.A.R. was grand marshal. All the survivors rode in carriages. 
Many organizations of veterans of the Spanish-American and World 
Wars were in line along with other organizations, Boy and Girl Scouts 
and school children. 

Michael Donnelly, former steward of the Democratic Club, rode 
in a carriage. James Fitzpatrick, of Camp Gerardin, Spanish War 
Veterans, was chief of staff and active head of the procession. A good 
number of members of the Exempt Firemen's Association were in line, 
each in the regulation parade attire. William H. Keegan, was Grand 
Marshal. The old hose cart was pulled along in front. Dr. George W. 
Mellor, President, marched at the head of the line. 

Other organizations whose members took part included Peter E. 
Leddy and Fred A. Mackenzie Posts, American Legion ; Joyce Herbert 
Post, Veterans of Foreign W T ars, Jewish War Veterans of Foreign 
Wars and the Bayonne Life Saving Corps. A party of Red Cross 
workers were also in line. 

Grand Marshal Turbett and Chief of Staff Fitzpatrick and City 



Officials reviewed the marchers from the steps of School No. 3. Sub- 
sequently, graves in Jersey City cemeteries were decorated. 

On November 10, 1930 Dr. George W. Mellor, retiring president of 
the Association of Exempt Firemen, was honored by more than two 
hundred members at a smoker and entertainment held at the Associa- 
tion headquarters on West 47th Street. 

Five three-round boxing bouts featuring local pugilists was the out- 
standing feature on the program. The combatants included Johnny 
Toye vs. Young Adams ; Carman Roman vs. Tony Carcelli ; Fireman 
James Guarine vs. Harry Crosby; Young Shifty vs. Dave Sarg and 
Mickey Ross vs. Joey Girard. 

Timothy J. Brosnan, the new president at that time, on behalf of 
the members of the Association, presented Dr. Mellor with a solid gold 
regulation Exempt badge. Mr. Brosnan reviewed the record of the 
retiring president and told of the latter's unselfish efforts in behalf of 
the organization. 

Dr. Mellor told the gathering that he would continue to render his 
services for the local association. 

The entertainment program included vocal selections by the Bay- 
onne Elks Quartet : William Scully recited many humorous stories and 
Daniel Kelly sang several of the latest song hits and recited a poem 
which he composed for the Association. 

The entertainment committee included George Mellendick, Chair- 
man, Daniel Laverty, Henry Harris, John McCabe and Mortimer 



1931 TO 1933 

Dr. Lucius F. Donohoe Elected Mayor: Bayonne Symphony Orchestra Makes 
Debut: Kill van Kull Bridge: Captain Gibson, Who Towed Statue of Liberty 
into Harbor, Passes. General Joseph Haller, Polish Military Leader Visited 
City. < , i 

Dr. lucius f. donohoe was elected Mayor of the city May 19, 
193 1 and served for two terms, his time ending May 16, 1939. 
In 193 1 there were 41 churches in the city, viz: 

Baptist 4, Christian Science 1, Episcopal 3, Jewish 8, Lutheran 5, 
Methodist 4, Presbyterian 1, Reformed 3, Roman Catholic 9, Greek 
Catholic 2, Roman Orthodox 1, Salvation Army Post 1. 

There were 8 banks, 9 Building & Loan Associations with assets 
over $12,000,000. 

March 10, 193 1 The Bayonne Symphony Orchestra made its debut 
at a concert in the Auditorium of the Junior High Vocational School 
before a large and appreciative representation of Bayonne people. 
Nunzio Pintauro was the founder and director. Miss Doris Boden 
was the Assistant Soloist and was called back to the footlights several 
times. Some of the members of the orchestra were : Harry Perlman, 
Pearl Abraham, Theresa Abramson, Peter Bernaducci, Raymond 
Blanc, Jos. Cali, Jos. Garretta, Mildred B. Cathers, Sidney Dauer, 
Floyd Denton, Sadie Halpin, Elizabeth Hoagland, Richard Johnson, 
Edw. Levine, Frank Livi, Vincent Nieli, Leopold Malinowski, John 
Olenik, Jas. Orrico, Albert Pasquini, Wm. J. Paulsen, Erna B. Rooney, 
Sigmund Sakowski, Catherine Smith, Jos. Smith, Sarah Solomon, 
Miram Tepper, P. Troisano, Madeleine and Marie Eddie, Wm. Hlad, 
Stephen Powell, Chas. S. Havens, Alphonso Massarelli, Alphonse 
Orrico, Anthony Pintauro, Wm. Burbella, Clara Gardner, Louis W. 
Lenk, Edw. R. Sage, Boyer Allen, Sam Cordosta, Paul Britt, Michael 
Gabrian, John Gebrhardt, Wm.. Gotch, Edw. Amend, Harry Elly, A. 
Gehrhardt, Jos. Morris, Chas. Young, Stephen Kramer, Silvia 
Tannenbaum and Fanny H. Morganstein. 

The Kill van Kull Bridge across the Kills from Bergen Point to 
Staten Island was built by the Port of New York Authority. This is 
the largest bridge of its kind in the world. The main span of the 
bridge is approximately 700 feet longer than that of the famous Hell 



Gate arch and slightly longer than the Sydney Harbor Bridge in 
Australia. It was completed and dedicated November 14, 1931 with 
proper ceremonies. The Governors of New York and New Jersey 
greeted each other, the city was decorated with bunting and flags and 
hundreds turned out in a parade. 

Mrs. Virginia Richards, well known soprano of the city, appeared 
in a recital in the Salon de Musique in 1932 in the Barbazon Plaza in 
New York City. She is Choir Director of the Westminster Presby- 
terian Church in Jersey City and she and her husband conduct a 
school on Thirty-third Street, Vere Richards being located in New 

The Inaugural Ball, which marked the Anniversay of Washing- 
tons' inauguration as First President of the United States, took place 
in the ballroom of the Knights of Columbus Victory Memorial Build- 
ing on May 3, 1932. This was an important part of the celebration of 
the city's observance of the Washington Bicentennial. 

Old Tug Captain, John C. Gibson, for many years a familiar figure 
in marine circles, passed away on August 13, 1932 after sixty years 
residence in the city. His sturdy tug boat, "Jersey Boy," towed the 
Statue of Liberty into New York Harbor, June 1885, aboard the 
French steamer, "Isere," which arrived here from Rouen, France. 
Captain Gibson did a large portion of the towing work for the 
Standard Oil Company for a long time. 

In 1933 the Manual force of the Fire Department was as follows: 

One Chief, 1 First Deputy Chief, 1 Second Deputy Chief, 1 Super- 
intendent Fire Alarm, 2 Chaplains, 1 Secretary, 1 Superintendent of 
Apparatus, 1 Master Mechanic, 25 Captains, 3 Mechanics, 33 Chauf- 
feurs, 2 Engineers and 127 Firemen. 

On December 9, 1933 General Josef Haller, one of Poland's most 
brilliant military leaders, visited the city as the guest of local Polish 
Societies. Bayonne officialdom, military groups and more than 40 
Polish organizations joined in welcoming the distinguished army 



1934 TO 1935 

Mechanics Bank Closed Doors: Reminiscing With C. J. O'Neill: Poem By Mary 
W. Boyd: Taxable Property Values Declined: Record-Breaking Number of 
Students Received Diplomas From High School: First P.W.A. Loan Granted 
to City: Bayonne Celebrated 66th Birthday: Miss Hannah J. Shafer Hon- 
ored: Bayonne Boasts of Two Women Physicians: Mrs. Shaw Celebrated 
100th Birthday: Public Institutions. 

On January 2, 1934 The Mechanics Bank closed its doors. About 
six million dollars of funds of approximately 17,000 depositors 
and mortgage certificate holders were tied up. This was a 
severe blow to the business activities and interests of Bayonne. How- 
ever, as evidence of the great recuperative powers of the city, the 
shock was soon overcome and business went on as usual. The Bank, 
which was never opened, paid dividends from time to time to probably 
fifty per cent. 

January 19, 1934, (from clipping in Bayonne Times by Cornelius 
J. O'Neill) : 


The strike on the coal docks in the early eighties ? Slogan : 
"Twenty-two and a half cents an hour or no surrender? Compare 
this with later day demands. 

Dan Moran reading the Argus, newspaper of that day, to the 
assembled strikers? Father Killeen's activities in settlement of the 

The recent heavy snow recalled many queer incidents of storms of 
other years. None so queer as the experience of Captain Tom 
McGrath, who had his eyelids frozen together while carrying dinners 
to the Hook in the early nineties. 

Time was when Bayonne and Saratoga were the only watering 
places in the East. Bayonne actually led such places as Atlantic City 
and Coney Island. 

E. A. Schiller got his start in the Big Time Vaudeville at Apple 
Grove, Avenue C and First Street and today he is a Vice-President of 
a big theatrical firm. 

Some of the old-time saloon keepers who stood out as unusual citi- 
zens and of whom it should be said, no one ever apologized for them, 



were: Dick Flood, Jack Reilly, Mike Freyder, Paul Suchorski, Patsy 
Dillon, Charlie Hendrickson, John McCarty, Adam Nuller, Ben 
Eggers, Paul Norwich and Din Herlihy. The present day fellows 
could easily profit by their example. 


Harry Mainhard, manager of Bayonne's first showhouse, the 

Bayonne's famous eating places, McDonald's, Wheeler's and the 
Two Pines . . .Meister's came later . . . Eddy, the Kite Flyer, taking 
weather observations . . . Bayonne's first Excise Board, Doc Mellor, 
Tom Meaney, Frank McCue, Val Bernhardt and Con O'Neill . . . All 
Democrats and Organization men. 

Doc Mitchell answering all fire alarms before the organization of 
the paid department . . . Stage coach line along Avenue D from Bergen 
Point to Saltersville. Street planked entire length . . . Mayor 
Donohoe's horse and buggy. Some stepper ! 

Doc Hickman and Doc Payne. Stepping stone was in front of 
Payne residence, Broadway and Fourth Street until a year ago. . . . 
O'Brien's Express between Bayonne and New York. Goods called 
for and delivered. Tom Masterson carried on with equal fame and 
vigor! Barney Burn's hack stand at West Eighth Street Station. 
None but the real aristocratic could ride. . . .Dick Sunderman's Drug 
Store, Avenue D and Eighth Street. Worthy successor is present 
proprietor, Max Strauss. . . . Talking about horses, how many today 
remember Dick Butler and his thoroughbreds ? 

Fine horses call for fine blacksmiths and shoers, Bayonne had both. 
The expert shoers were Con Desmond and Pat Payton. . . . Veterinar- 
ians were also necessary, Joe Hooker, Man or Beast. . . . 

St. Charles Hotel on Eighth Street was the gathering place for 
those in the limelight . . . long before Al Smith introduced his brown 
derby Mike Freel of Bayonne had glorified his brown derby. Do you 
remember the spectacular Colonel Page of the Bayonne Herald hurry- 
ing to the pressroom with copy. Bayonne in retrospect presents an 
absorbing and interesting spectacle. 


William W. Turbett died at his home at the age of 87, on March 
20, 1934. He was a pioneer in the oil industry in the city. His going 
left only one Civil War Veteran, Michael J. Donnelly, who has since 
also passed to the great beyond. 



April 23, 1934 the Chairman of the Legislative Department of the 
Bayonne Woman's Club submitted the following report for the year 
1933-4.. In making the report she said, "Apologies are made to the 
great poet, Longfellow, who wrote, "The Midnight Ride of Paul 

Listen, fellow members, and you shall hear 

Of the Legislative Department's wonderful year, 

A tale it will be, as far as I know 

Just as things happened each month, as they go. 

The opening of the School of Politics, 

Was full of sincerity and no political tricks. 

Our purpose was of only one endeavor — 

To give our women a chance to be more clever. . 

City affairs were brought to us 

By Judge Horace K. Roberson, who is so just, 

Workings of our city government he did tell 

Which made us feel that all is well. 

County affairs were also discussed 

By Supervisor John O'Neill, so august. 

He told of the doings of the C. W. A. 

How to get a new high school without any pay, 

Not only that, but he gave us a treat, 

A trip of interest hard to beat. 

Thirty-two by bus did go 

To visit our county institutions we all should know. 

In December, Miss Maloney of State Fame, 

Spoke of the legislative game, 

And invited us to be her guests, 

At Trenton, where some legislators feather their nests. 

In January no speaker arrived 
But the chairman spoke and made a drive 
For the 29th an interest to create 
As the Trenton luncheon was on the slate. 
By bus was gaily started off 

With freezing temperature and wind from the North, 


But when reaching the capital, Oh, what fun ! 
With lots of good eats and more to come, 
Through the city we did drive, 
Waiting for the clock to point half past five. 

To Hilderbrecht's we did go 

To entertain our assemblywoman, who is not so slow. 

In the evening, we saw the workings, 

Of the Legislature and its jokings, 

The chairman was given the right to speak, 

And what she said was not so weak. 

In February the program was great, 

Two clergymen furnishing a suffrage debate. 

One for us, the other against 

Made us feel we were of some consequence. 

The annual luncheon served to one hundred twenty-five 
Demonstrated the group was well and alive, 
The menu served by the women of the Y.W.C.A. 
Was one we'll not forget for many a day. 
With Dr. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Piatt and Keith 
True and Harlan gave words of belief 
That we, as a group, count for a lot 
In making the club worthwhile or not. 

Rumors afloat, so Mr. Decker arrived 

And discussed the county consolidation drive. 

We listened and thought, and if we take care 

We know the plan won't get anywhere. 

In April at the Raynor home, 

A white elephant card party was all our own, 

With a little help here and a little there 

We were able to meet our financial share. 

And now that you've listened and heard our tale 
Come next year and make the department your avail. 
And now for a time we'll close the door 
On the season of 1933 and '34. 

(Mrs. Jas. D.) Mary W. Boyd. 


ij f s old Post Office 

Inset — William Mann, Bayonne's Letter Carrier No. 1 (By courtesy of 

William Mann). 


Airs. Anna M. Sanford, aged 87, a member of one of Bayonne's 
oldest families, died at her home 691 Avenue E on June 10, 1934. She 
was born in Bayonne in 1847. 

Thirty-one students from Bayonne were awarded degrees at the 
102nd commencement exercises held at New York University on 
Tune 13, 1934. 

Taxable property values in Bayonne declined $2,936,228. from 
1933 to 1934. Values in the County as a whole declined $16,577,203. 
A survey of total 1934 ratables in the various municipalities disclosed 
the above figures. 

Local retail stores displayed the Code Eagle on June 16, 1934 in 
observance of the first anniversary of the N.R.A. 

July 1, 1934 Bayonne was granted its first loan from the Public 
Works Administration — a grant of $600,000. with which to replace 
four miles of old and leaky water mains running from Arlington to 

The Twilight League All-Stars walloped the Meadow-Brook Club 
by a twelve to four score before four thousand fans at the City Park 
Stadium. The proceeds were turned over to the family of the late 
Robert McCusker, founder and President of the Twilight League 
which was responsible for the most successful athletic programs the 
city ever had. 

The population of the city in 1935 had grown to 88,979. 

Mayor Lucius F. Donohoe, Bayonne's sixteenth Mayor, at a cele- 
bration of the sixty-sixth birthday as a city, greeted Henry Meigs, the 
fourteen year old great grandson of Bayonne's first Mayor, Henry 
Meigs. Bayonne became a city in 1869. The boy was accompanied 
by his father, Willis N. Meigs, grandson of the first executive. 

Miss Hannah J. Shafer, former Vice-Principal of Henry E. Harris 
School, was honored on May 24, 1935 by the Fifth Street Reformed 
Church for her sixty years of outstanding service. Miss Shafer had 
taught in the Fifth Street Reformed Sunday School for more than half 
a century. 

On May 27, 1935 the management of the three New Jersey re- 
fineries of the Standard Oil Company announced, at joint conference, 
that the employees would receive a 5 % bonus, beginning with the first 
of June. 

June 3, 1935 Miss Juliana C. Swiney, daughter of Dr. Merrill A. 
Swiney, well known local physician who operates the popular Swiney 
Sanitarium at 325 Avenue C, was awarded the degree of Doctor of 



Medicne at the 181st graduation exercises of Columbia University. 
Only one other Bayonne woman, Dr. Harriet Tracey Dexter, whose 
office is located at 903 Avenue C, it is believed, has ever been awarded 
an M. D. Degree. 

Mrs. Rossa W. Shaw celebrated her one hundredth birthday at the 
home of her grandson, Louis W. Shaw of 66 West 35th Street on 
December 28, 1935. Governor A. Harry Moore sent a telegram 
reading : "Congratulations upon your hundredth birthday. New Jersey 
is proud of you and I hope you will be with us many more." The 
family had a dinner party and Mrs. Shaw received many gifts, flowers 
and congratulations. There was a twenty-five pound birthday cake 
with one hundred candles. Mrs. Shaw, at the celebration, said she en- 
joyed good health, never having had a severe illness, that she read 
without glasses, never danced, had never been to a movie and that the 
younger generation met with her approval. 

In 1935 Bayonne ranked fourth among the manufacturing cities in 
New Jersey, the chief industry being oil refining. 


Bayonne is amply provided with public institutions, both secular 
and religious, of which she is justly proud. Among these are : 

Fourteen Elementary Schools, i Binet, I Junior High, i Senior 
High, 6 Parochial, Police Department of 172, Fire Department of 199, 
41 Churches, 1 Hospital, 1 Private Sanitarium, 1 Large Library with 
several Branches, 750 School Teachers, 125 Acres of Public Parks and 
Playgrounds, 115 Clubs and Organizations. 



1936 TO 1938 

Firemen Discontinue Old-Time Uniforms For New: President Franklin D. Roose- 
velt Visits Bayonne: Statue of Liberty Ceremonies: John F. Lee Becomes 
City Clerk: Mrs. E. C. Woodward Gives Illustrated Talk On California and 
Mexico: Reinald Werrenrath Presented By Teachers Association: Lady 
Drummond Hay Visits City: Memorial To Gustav F. Ruh Unveiled: Federal 
Housing Authority Grants Money to City: Port Terminal Started: Captain 
Betsworth's Family Remembered: Mr. and Mrs. George Bayne Celebrate 
Golden Wedding: Last Trolley Rumbles Out Into History: Paul Wandelt 
Constructs Modern Radio System for Police Department. 

Old-fashioned uniforms were used by the Fire Department until 
1936 at which time a beautiful, new design was created and 
adopted. The old uniforms had the peculiar distinction of 
being decorated in the back by an array of brass buttons. Chief 
Hogan said he never could figure out what purpose they served and 
said he thought they may have been a hold-over from uniforms worn 
by Generals in the Civil War clays. 

October 28, 1936 will long be remembered in Bayonne as the day 
when we were honored for the first time in twenty-four years by a 
visit of a President of the United States. On the above date, President 
Franklin D. Roosevelt paid Bayonne a visit. The event was held at 
Avenue C and Eighth Street. The occasion witnessed one of the 
greatest popular demonstrations in the history of the city. The people 
came to pay tribute to President Roosevelt, who, at that time, was ex- 
tremely popular with Bayonne citizens. The city spared neither money 
nor pains in the effort to make the occasion one long to be remembered. 
Eighth Street and the entire vicinity was a mass of color adorned with 
flags and bunting and thousands of pictures of the President looked out 
upon the crowds from windows everywhere. A twenty-five piece 
American Legion Band played at the railroad station to entertain the 
crowd while waiting. A grandstand and bleachers, which in all, seated 
about eight hundred people, bordered the railroad grounds. President 
Roosevelt stepped from his train, coming from Washington, and got 
into his automobile and the machine drew up before the grandstand 
where a microphone was set up. The President delivered a brief 
adddress and then proceeded over the Bayonne Bridge to Staten Island, 
accompanied by Mrs. Roosevelt. 



After leaving Bayonne the President drove through Staten Island 
and then took a boat to Bedloe Island to participate in the ceremonies 
of the Fiftieth Birthday of the giving of the Statue of Liberty to 
America by France. There were radio hookups connecting France and 
the Statue of Liberty and Dr. Donohoe of Bayonne greeted Mayor 
Simonet by radio in Bayonne, France. Both American and French 
National Anthems were played. The Statue of Liberty, designed by 
Bartholdi, was made entirely by hand, and stands one hundred and 
fifty-one feet in height measuring from base to torch. The foundation 
of pedestal to torch is three hundred and five feet ; the length of right 
arm is forty-two feet. There is a spiral stairway inside the Statue 
which is twenty-two stories high. 

Miss Gleason, daughter of the founder of Drake's Business College, 
which closed its doors upon the death of the founder, organized 
Drake's Secretarial College and started a branch of the Journal Square 
school in the De Witt Theatre Building on Broadway and Twenty- 
fifth Street, of which Mr. Kipp of Jersey City is the Principal. 

During the year 1937, John F. Lee, son of the late William P. Lee, 
succeeded his father as City Clerk. He was the youngest man ever to 
fill this office, being only 32 years of age. 

In 1937 Former City Attorney, James Benny, a resident of the city 
for sixty-seven years and who served as Lamp Lighter boy, died at 
his home at the age of 81. He was long one of New Jersey's foremost 
lawyers. He was admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey at 
the November term of Supreme Court in 1879. He became a partner 
of Thomas Clemens, who was related to Mark Twain and who was 
father of Miss Lillian Clemens, Vice-Principal of the Bayonne High 
School. Their law office was located on the south side of Cottage 
Street. Mr. Benny served as City Attorney under the administrations 
of Mayors Farr, Seymour, Garven, Talbot, Daly and Donohoe. 

Mrs. Mollie Allaire, wife of the late Edward Allaire died at the 
age of 97, on July 18, 1937 having been a resident of the city 75 years, 
65 years of which she spent at the last address 88 West 46th Street. 
She was a member of the 46th Street Methodist Church. 

On October 22, 1937, at a meeting of the Art Department of the 
Woman's Club, Mrs. Elmer C. Woodward gave an illustrated talk on 
her recent trip to the Pacific Coast. She had a splendid exhibit of 
Indian and Pacific potteries, in which she had become particularly in- 
terested. The rare quality of the collection elicited a great deal of 
local interest and praise. Mrs. Woodward visited the Pasadena Bridge 



and some famous old Missions including the "Wee Kirk o'er the 
Heather," a description of which was appreciated as the)" were inform- 
ing. She compared Western life and opportunities with those of the 

In October of 1937 the Teachers Association sponsored a lecture- 
forum course at the Senior High School at which time the noted Ameri- 
can Baritone Reinald Werrenrath was presented in a lecture- recital 
"Story of American Song." Mr. Werrenrath, in tracing its history 
from earliest Negro and Indian Folk Songs, through the first Colonial 
settlers to the music of today, presented a romantic story. 

On November 4, 1937 Lady Drummond Hay was presented by 
the Bayonne Teachers Association at the High School at which time 
she gave a talk on, "Dictators I Have Met." Lady Hay, a very 
charming personality, also told of some of her experiences as an 

Also in November of 1937 a bronze tablet, in memory of the late 
Gustav F. Ruh, who served as Clerk of the Bayonne District Court for 
thirty years, was unveiled in the new Court on West 22nd Street with 
appropriate ceremonies. He was appointed clerk of the Court in 
January of 1907 by the then Judge, Frederic E. Chamberlain. 

In May 1938 Mrs. Louis Knecht, Mrs. George W. Mellor and 
Mrs. Samuel Hackett were representatives and delegates of the 
Woman's Club to the spring convention of the New Jersey State Fed- 
eration of Woman's Clubs which met at Haddon Hall, Atlantic City. 

May 2j, 1938, Frank S. Turbett of 816 Avenue A and James 
Halleran of 123 West Third Street were honored at a luncheon held 
in New York by Edward L. Shea, Executive Vice-President of the 
Tide Water Associated Oil Company, for completing fifty years of 
service each at the Bayonne plant. 

On the eighth of June the Federal Housing Authority through its 
state office in Newark, earmarked $1,800,000. for Bayonne's use in 
construction of low-cost dwellings in the city. The local housing board, 
named by Mayor L. F. Donohoe, consisted of Frank C. Davis, 
Cornelius Haggerty, Richard Vreeland, Joseph Topoleski and Joseph 

On the 12th of June President Roosevelt approved a WPA appro- 
priation of $27,946.00 for the completion of the north Bayonne Park 

City officials conducted patriotic ceremonies in the stadium of Vet- 
erans' Park, West 26th Street and Newark Bay on the 15th of June, 



marking the unveiling of a bronze plaque which commemorated the 
150th Anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. Two thousand 
high school students assembled at the stadium to witness the school's 
Flag day meet, cheered as an American flag was lifted from the Tablet 
by Director of Parks, Michael J. Griffin. 

The Bayonne Medical Society held its annual outing at the Blue 
Hills Golf and Country Club at Orangeburg, N. Y. or June 16, 1938. 
Dr. George H. Sexsmith was the winner of a silver loving cup for 
winning the "blind handicap" at golf. 

On June 26, 1938 Bayonne Merchants and business houses held an 
intensified "Sales Mean Jobs" campaign to increase employment. The 
opening of the campaign took place at a luncheon sponsored by the 
Chamber of Commerce at the Industrial Y. M. C. A. 

In July of the year 1938 the population of Bayonne was estimated 
by the Hudson County Board of Health to be 94,397. 

On July 1, 1938 employes of the Tide Water Oil Company, who 
are members of the Employes' Association, re-elected six men as em- 
ploye representatives for six of the twelve divisions at the plant. Those 
renamed were Edward Foerst, who is chairman of the trustees employe 
representatives, George Tenety, Patrick Gallagher, George Rawden, 
John May and Bernard Wood. 

On July 3, 1938 President Roosevelt approved a Works Progress 
Administration allotment of $61,083 for the improvement of the storm 
sewer system in Bayonne. 

On July 11, 1938 the excavating work in preparation of the new 
Port Terminal was started by the Naples Excavating Company of 
Passaic. This work took five and one half months to complete and in 
addition to the excavating work, the Naples concern did the grading 
at the terminal. 

On August 2, 1938 Miss Laura Betsworth, said to be the oldest 
native of Bayonne, died at her home. Her nephew, Mr. Harry Beltz 
of 161 Broadway, has photographs of the Old Dutch Reformed 
Church on Lord Avenue as it was burning. His grandmother's house, 
which stood at 56th Street and Broadway, for 120 years and known as 
"The Homestead" was torn down about two years ago. Mrs. Betsworth 
also has a facsimile of the Declaration of Independence printed in 
i860 and a note written during the Civil War telling his grandmother 
of the death of her husband at sea. The note reads in part : "Eears are 
entertained for the safety of the schooner Mary Wesley of Deal Island, 
Chesapeake Bay. Stephen Betsworth, Master, cleared at Baltimore 



about December 21st with a cargo of 3,500 bushels of corn and 50 
barrels of flour for Mr. Seth Adams, Jr. of Provicence — Captain 
Betsworth belonged to Bergen Point, New Jersey, where he leaves a 
wife and four children." 

Mrs. Marguerite Sopher, who is now eighty-four years old and 
who was born six months after her father's death in 1856, is another 
daughter who survives Captain Betsworth. She is a remarkably well- 
preserved woman. Her home is a treasure-house of old relics, books, 
odd pieces of china, souvenirs of bygone days. Her intellect is still 
very clear and she remembers Bergen Point, where she was born, as a 
little suburban village. Her most interesting recollections, however, 
are of Old Bayonne — the Bayonne of the Gay Nineties. Among some 
of the experiences of her career, Mrs. Sopher performed in early mo- 
tion pictures at Studios located at Fort Lee, N. J. She played with 
Mary Pickford, Lionel Barrymore and many other famed stars who 
made pictures there. She married William Sopher, a conductor on 
the Central Railroad of New Jersey in 1879. He died in 1908 after 
a long illness. Mrs. Sopher, is no doubt, one of the oldest natives or 
one who has lived here uninterruptedly for so long a time. 

Mr. and Mrs. George Bayne of 863 Avenue C, celebrated their 
Golden Wedding at a family dinner at the home of their son-in-law 
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Broome of West New Brighton, 
Staten Island on October 8, 1938. They were married in New York 
City, the birthplace of Mrs. Bayne, in 1888 and spent their honeymoon 
in Newburgh, N. Y., the birthplace of Mr. Bayne. They have lived 
in Bayonne for forty- four years and have two daughters, Mrs. Broome 
and Mrs. Marjorie Taylor and two sons, George of Bayonne and 
Howard of Roselle and three grandchildren, Mrs. Bert Starlin of 
Staten Island, Dorothy Bayne and Evelyn Taylor of Bayonne. 

The last trolley car rumbled out into history for Bayonne on 
October 23, 1938 as rubber tired buses supplanted them on the Public 
Service route along Avenue C. This route has been one of the city's 
principal avenues of transportation, antedating the advent of the bus 
lines on Broadway. A solitary figure cast a professional eye on the 
passing of the old and the advent of the new — he was William Silberg 
of 84 West Tenth Street, who has been the Public Service road super- 
visor in Bayonne for thirty years. 

The most modern two-way radio communication system in the 
world went into operation at Bayonne Police Headquarters on Decem- 
ber 29, 1938. The new system supplants what was first municipal two- 



way system in the nation installed here June 15, 1933. Operation of 
the new set began as it was formally turned over to Chief of Police, 
Cornelius O'Neill, by Paul Wandelt, Bayonne radio expert, who has 
grown up with radio and was the manufacturer's supervisor during 
its installation. Beaming with pride, Mr. Wandelt proclaimed the sys- 
tem further advanced than any hereto installed in any city on the face 
of the globe. The new system was purchased by the city at the cost 
of $7,600. through the Sheppard Supply Company of Bayonne and was 
installed by the Fred M. Link Company of New York City, the manu- 
facturer. Mr. Wandelt, an employee of the Link concern constructed 
every part of the system himself. In addition to the main station at 
Police Headquarters mobile units were installed in a dozen police auto- 
mobiles. Reception units are also installed in the Chief's office and in 
the desk of the Lieutenant's room so that they may be in touch with all 
alarms and other conversations at all times. 




Lieut. Commander Edward Ellsberg Gives Talk at High School: Elissa Landi 
Presented By Teachers Association: New Fire House and Drill Tower: 
Bayonne Substitutes As Birthplace of Grandson of Mayor of Bayonne, 
France: First Cargo Discharged at Port Terminal: Historical Society Holds 
Dinner: Poem of Old Bayonne By Peggy Guest: Hobby Show Held By 
Womans Club. 

During the winter of 1939 Lieutenant Commander Edward 
Ellsberg made an appearance at the Bayonne High School spon- 
sored by the Teachers Association to deliver an address on the 
problems of war and peace. Lieut. Commander Ellsberg, who was 
Chief Engineer at the Bayonne plant of the Tide Water Oil Company 
for nine years, is the man under whose direction the S-51 was raised 
after it had sunk in a collision with the steamer, City of Rome, Sep- 
tember 26, 1925. He is also the author of several books, among them 
being: "Hell on Ice," "On the Bottom," "Thirty Fathoms Deep," "Pig- 
boats," etc. 

In the spring of 1939 the Teachers Association presented Elissa 
Landi who gave a talk on "The Difference Between Stage and Screen 
Acting." She is also an author and some of her books are : "The 
Helmers," "House for Sale" and "The Ancestors." 

On March 8, 1939, by approval of President Roosevelt, an addi- 
tional grant of $64,247.00 was given the W.P.A. for construction of 
Bayonne's new firehouse and drill tower, report of which was given on 
this date by United States Senator William Smathers. The project 
has been completed on City property at Sixteenth Street and Avenue 
A. The firehouse is two stories high and the tower five stories and is 
of brick construction. 

On March 12, 1939 Bayonne, Xew Jersey substituted for Bayonne, 
France, as the birthplace of the grandson of the French City's Mayor. 
The child, a boy, was born at 2 P. M. at Bayonne Hospital to Mrs. 
Marie Simonet Pelanne, daughter of Mayor Pierre Simonet of 
Bayonne, France. The couple live on Tenth Street, New York City and 
Mrs. Pelanne explained that she chose Bayonne as the birthplace of her 
child because she was born in Bayonne, France, and since she was un- 
able to return there, decided to come here. To make the kinship of 



the two Bayonnes complete, Mayor Lucius F. Donohoe, Medical Direc- 
tor of the Hospital and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, 
brought the newcomer into the world. Immediately after the baby 
was born, Mayor Donohoe sent a cable to Mayor Simonet, reading : 
"Bayonne welcomes your grandson. Congratulations and best wishes." 

vive la France! 

Although hundreds of babies have been born at Bayonne Hospital, 
the arrival of this one had the institution astir. Some of the nurses 
strongly advocated raising the French Tricolor over the building to 
honor the event. 

The Pelannes of Bayonne, France and Dr. Donohoe of New 
Jersey's Bayonne met upon the occasion of the Statue of Liberty 
birthday celebration at Bedloe Island. Mr. and Mrs. Pelanne were 
the Mayor's guests here in 1937 at the dedication of the new Senior 
High School, Mrs. Pelanne bringing her father's greeting from across 
the sea for the occasion. She was her father's secretary up to the time 
of her marriage. 

On March 13, 1939 the first cargo destined for use in a local in- 
dustry to be received at the new Port Terminal was fifty thousand bags 
of Castor Oil beans consigned to the Baker Castor Oil Company at 35 
Avenue A. The S. S. Ayuroca of the Brazilian Steamship Company 
was the cargo ship. The vessel was a ship of 6,872 gross tons. She 
flew the Brazilian flag and makes regular trips between New York 
harbor and Santos, Brazil. 

The Southern Cross and the Western World were tied up at the 
Port Terminal for some time. They were formerly operated by the 
Munson Line and have been turned over to the War Department by 
the Maritime Commission and will be used for Army transport service. 

On March 21, 1939 the Bayonne Historical Society held its fourth 
annual dinner at the Industrial Y.M.C.A. at which time it com- 
memorated the seventieth anniversary of the incorporation of Bayonne 
as a city. Approximately one hundred guests, including former 
Bayonne residents now living in nearby cities, were present at the affair 
which was marked by informality and good fellowship. The occasion 
turned out to be a delightful event characterized by pleasant reminis- 
censes. Much laughter and fun was provoked by Royden Page Whit- 
comb of Westfield, who while living in Bayonne about thirty years ago 
wrote the book, "History of Bayonne" which is now out of print and 
considered valuable. 



Mr. Whitcomb paid tribute to the Historical Society for its work 
and especially commended John L. Collins, its president, who presided 
at the dinner. Arthur L. Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer of the organiza- 
tion presented a leaflet written for the occasion, entitled, ''Historical 
Tour of Bayonne," and served as narrator while forty-six slides of his- 
toric local spots were shown on a screen. Arthur Houtz, instructor in 
visual education in Bayonne operated the machine in the place of Dr. 
Walter F. Robinson, Principal of Roosevelt School, who was present at 
the dinner but was called away. In addition to Mr. Collins, President 
of the society, other officers are William S. Donnelly, Vice-President, 
Mr. Hahn, Secretary and Treasurer, William Mann, Librarian, and 
Andrew Walsh, Charles Kelly and Mrs. Charles Dell, Trustees. 

Mr. Walsh had on display Bayonne maps which he constructed. 
He and Miss Mary Walsh provided the decorations for the affair. Mrs. 
Sydney Chayes and Miss Walsh were members of the dinner com- 
mittee. A musical program was presented by the Royal Grenadiers. 

Old Bayonne (Abracadabra) 

Said Mike to Jim, let's spin a yarn 

Down at the Old Trolley barn. 

So on they went about Mrs. McGree, 

Trying with one fare to ride her whole family. 

There was Mrs. Mulligan on the Old Plank Road 
Whom we heard with her flock using a code 
She'd the finest of geese and ducks in town, 
With nary a goat to run one down. 

Then our loyal friend Miss Donohoe, 
Who has always kept No. 4 in view, 
With a heart as big as a barn, 
Who watched o'er us to keep us from harm. 

There were the Brady's and Cronins of might, 
Who "soap-boxed" the corners at night, 
To show how to run the town, 
And keep the Republicans down. 
I saw old Doc Donohoe there too, 
He helped care me when I was two, 
I heard he is quite a politician, 
Can he care those ills too — here's wishin' ! 
March 21, 1939. Peggy guest 



Family heirlooms, handicraft exhibits and arts of all kinds were 
seen at the Hobby Show which the Art Department of the Woman's 
Club held at the Masonic Temple on March 24, 1939 under the direc- 
tion of the Art Chairman, Mrs. Henry Allan Snow. Outstanding 
among the displays were a number of Batiks and other items from 
Java, Japan and China collected by Mrs. Snow while living in the Far 
East some eight years. 

A fine collection of old photographs and paintings was displayed 
by Mrs. George Elterich of Jersey City. Some of the paintings were 
by her father, August Will, and were of such scenes as Morris Canal, 
Currie's Woods, Old Bergen Road and other local scenes as they ap- 
peared in 1895. 

Mrs. Charles Sumner Havens displayed 1850 black walnut chairs. 
These chairs were covered in needlepoint done by her. 

Two other antique chairs each 150 years old were exhibited by 
Mrs. S. J. Harwi and Mrs. John Gallagher. 

Mrs. Harry Dunlap exhibited a quilt sixty years old and Mrs. 
Frank A. Beardsley showed a China Tea Pot, a family possession for 
the past one hundred years. 

Mrs. Jesse Nielson exhibited a one hundred year old doll's head 
from Denmark, and Mrs. John Holding displayed two shawls, one 
worn in 1836 and another of the Civil War period. Mrs. A. C. Smith 
displayed silver spoons seventy-five years old and Mrs. William P. 
Stuart showed a hundred and fifty year old plate. 

Mrs. Wayne Sinclair displayed Irish Lace from Dublin, an em- 
broidered shawl from Havana, a Nightgown Sachet from England and 
other objects collected abroad as well as favors, nutcups and place 
cards which she made herself. 

Mrs. Leidy R. Shellenberger showed a painting which she had done 
in 1889. Some original paintings were shown by Mrs. Frances Tingle, 
Mrs. Walter Gregory and Mrs. Meta Nielson. 

Mrs. Percy Haring exhibited a 175 year old kettle, Mrs. Edgar 
Snell showed a 100 year old quilt. 

Mrs. William M. Wauters showed a collection of original songs, 
one entitled, "Herbert Hoover" written in 1928 and also an American 
Flag made by her grandmother, Mrs. Garret Wauters, before the Civil 
War, and a silver dish 120 years old. 

Tea was served during the afternoon with Mrs. Robert Lindsley in 
charge and Mrs. Silas Morse presided at a home-made candy hobby 
booth assisted by Mrs. Augustus Hargan. 




Reproduction of Washington's Journey From Mt. Vernon to New York for 
Inauguration: Election of Commissioners May 9, 1939: Old Car Barns 
Razed: Exempt Firemen with Women's Auxiliary Maintain Laurels for 
Bayonne in State Parade: First Freight Cars Shunted Over Spur at Port 
Terminal: New Public Address System for Fire Headquarters: Boy Scouts 
Hold Camporee: John Armstrong Receives Patent on Golf Ball Holder: 
Bayonne Times Carriers Vacation at Camp: Shooters Island: Arline B. 
Cassidy Wins Contest in New York University School of Commerce: 
Ukrainians at World's Fair: New Super-Highway Along Newark Bay 
Shore: Benmore Development Dedicated: Mrs. George W. Mellor Directs 
Successful Garden Party for Woman's Club: Port Terminal Fishermen's 

George Washington passed through Kill van Kull on his way to 
New York for his inauguration on April 30, 1789. The event 
was re-enacted on April 23, 1939 when Denys Wortman, Car- 
toonist, played the role of Washington in a very remarkable drama 
which will be long remembered. He traveled by stage coach and four 
and upon his arrival in Elizabeth received the most noisy and colorful 
welcome of his 235 mile journey. He boarded a forty-foot barge and 
thirteen oarsmen rowed him fourteen miles through Arthur Kill, 
Newark Bay, Kill van Kull and the New York Harbor to the Battery. 
Cannon salutes, harbor craft whistles and display of flags and pennants 
hailed the "President elect" as his barge put in at the Battery at Pier 1 
shortly before noon. There he was met by "Governor De Witt Clin- 
ton" played by Austin Strong, and General Henry Knox, Secretary of 
War." The impersonator of Washington took part in a ticker tape 
parade up Broadway to City Hall where Mayor F. H. LaGuardia re- 
ceived him. A luncheon followed at one P. M. at the Metropolitan Club, 
Fifth Avenue and Sixtieth Street. Mr. Wortman, as Washington, 
wore a white wig, boots, scarlet lined cape and other Eighteenth Cen- 
tury equippage all the way from Mount Vernon. The actual inaugura- 
tion re-enactment took place April 30th at the opening of the New York 
World's Fair. 

During his journey, Mr. Wortman, impersonating Washington, 
was more impressed by the welcomers in the little towns and at rural 
crossroads than the larger cities, where committees worked for success- 



ful receptions. People waited in the rain at side roads, farmers ran 
across fields from their work just to catch a glimpse of the coach and 
bare their heads in unashamed reverence for the memory of Washing- 
ton. Children fought to touch his cloak or to grasp his hand. Behind 
the scenes aspects of the long coach ride were tedious. Captain A. R. 
Willey of the 112th Field Artillery at Trenton, the coachman, was 
sunburned and windburned to the point of physical pain upon arrival 
and he said that hard modern highways and such hazards as street car 
tracks made the trip just as hard on the horses as it was in 1789 when 
mud bogs and other inconveniences abounded. 

New Commissioners for Bayonne were elected on May 9, 1939. 
For the first time in the history of the city, there were twenty-seven 
candidates and everyone in the city seemed to be intersted in the race. 
Speeches were broadcast nightly on the radio and the Elks Quartette 
composed of Amos Harker, Jazz Johnson, Frank Arlington and Frank 
Kelly sang. Their theme song was, "Lend a Helping Hand." 

With the heaviest vote ever cast in a municipal election in Bayonne, 
James J. Donovan, James A. Mullanaphy, Henry W. Murphy, Horace 
K. Roberson and Joseph J. Topoleski, candidates on the Home Rule 
ticket scored the most decisive victory ever registered in a Bayonne 
City Commission election. The margin of victory was overwhelming, 
with the winners leading their opponents by an average of 9,000 votes. 
For the first time since 19 19, the voters of Bayonne put into office as 
City Commissioners, five men who ran on the same bracket. Joseph J. 
Topoleski was the first Polish citizen to be elected to the City Commis- 

Fourteen firemen were hurt and one narrowly escaped death on 
May 11, 1939 when a fire engine was destroyed at a $75,000. three 
alarm fire at the plant of the Woodward Lumber and Coal Company 
at Orient and Oak Streets. Thousands of spectators were attracted to 
the scene as the flames ate their way through piles of lumber and the 
wooden buildings. The throng jammed the streets and hampered the 
firemen as they strove to confine the flames to the yard. 

Among the Bayonne delegates to the Convention of the New Jersey 
State Federation of Woman's Clubs at Haddon Hall, Atlantic City 
May 17th to 20th were Mrs. Louis Knecht, President of the Bayonne 
Woman's Club, Mrs. Percy F. Haring, Mrs. Wayne Sinclair and Mrs. 
Oliver C. Klinger. Mrs. Jerome G. Stabile and Mrs. Theodore Kerner 
represented the Bayonne Municipal Christmas Tree Association. 

The old car barns, built in 1863, when the Jersey City and Bergen 



Point Railroad Company received a franchise to run from the ferry to 
the Canal, were razed in May 1939. Thus another of the old land- 
marks disappeared. The only reminder left are the old tracks along 
Avenue C which remain as a reminder of the old trolley car days. The 
Public Service office in Newark had no further use for these old barns 
since the trolleys are gone. It is supposed that prior to the building of 
the barns in 1863, Dr. J. Parmley, the first dentist to make artificial 
teeth in the country, had his office and a small factory on this site. 

Members of the Association of Exempt Firemen of Bayonne and 
the members of the Women's Auxiliary maintained the laurels for the 
city when they marched in Irvington in the annual parade of the New 
Jersey State Exempt Firemen's Association. There were 100 of the 
old volunteers in the local delegation and they accomplished just what 
they said they would. They won two trophies, one donated by former 
Governor Harold G. Hoffman to the Association having the largest 
number of men in line and presenting the finest appearance, and the 
other tendered by the Order of Moose of Irvington to the Association 
having the oldest hose-carriage in line. The Bayonne Exempts readily 
won this prize because they paraded with their old carriage which they 
value very highly. The Exempts make a fine appearance in their red 
shirts, blue trousers and white gloves as they pull the old carriage 
painted cream color with gold trimmings. Former volunteer Chief 
Alfred Varian, who with his distinguished looking snow-white beard, 
never fails to march with his companions. He came down from his 
home in Connecticut for the parade. 

Leading the delegation of Auxiliary members were Mrs. Kathryn 
V. Welcher, the President. The F. A. Mackenzie Squadron Drum 
Corps, Sons of American Legion, Post No. 165 served at the band 
unit for the Exempt Firemen while a girl's corps from Union City 
appeared with the Auxiliary. 

On May 26, 1939 a new phase of activity of the port terminal be- 
gan when the first freight cars were shunted over the spur along the 
causeway and out to the transit shed to load the 50,000 sacks of castor 
beans which arrived here on the Brazilian vessel Auyuroca last March 
14th. The beans, consigned to the Baker Castor Oil Company had 
been stored in the transit shed since arrival. As shipping at the ter- 
minal increases, both trucking and railroad operations will be called 
into use for the handling of cargo. Spurs along the sides of the transit 
shed will permit the discharge of cargo directly from the vessels into 
freight cars when rapid handling is necessary. 



A new public address system which will enable officers at fire 
headquarters to maintain a two-way conversation with all fire houses in 
the city was installed in May 1939, under the direction of Chief 
James G. Hogan and Joseph A. Geiger, Superintendent of Police and 
Fire Alarm systems. 

The two-way system provides for better coordination in moving 
apparatus from one station to the other to protect the city in the event 
of a general fire alarm. 

May 31, 1939 was said to be the hottest day of the year. Unofficial 
readings in factories and at public buildings in various parts of the 
city recorded the heat as high as 96 degrees, as the unseasonable 
weather wilted everyone from school children to workers in the Con- 
stable Hook industries. 

On June 2nd Captain Charles Swanson of 46 East 46th Street, 
skipper of the Lehigh Valley Railroad tugboat "Athens," saved a 
Jersey City woman who attempted to commit suicide by leaping from 
a ferry boat in Jersey City. 

June 3rd and 4th, 1939 were dates set aside for "Camporee" to be 
held by the Bayonne Boy Scouts at the County Park. It was estimated 
that approximately 400 scouts participated. The Camporee was held 
on the bulkhead at the foot of 46th Street. Officials of the Scout 
council and scoutmasters were in charge of the boys. 

A labor saving device for golfers is really one for the books. John 
Armstrong of Bayonne has received a- patent on a golf ball holder that 
should eliminate a lot of bending and stooping. His invention is a tube 
mounted at a 45-degree angle on a pole. The golf ball is placed in the 
tube from which it rolls to the ground, where it is held in driving posi- 
tion by means of a hangar. As the golfer drives, the hangar is lifted 
from the ball, leaving it free. Armstrong's invention involves five 
new ideas. He filed the patent application in 1938. 

Industry was rewarded in 1939 when sixteen carriers of the 
Bayonne Times enjoyed a week's vacation as guests of the newspaper 
at a camp in the Pennsylvania mountains. The vacation with all ex- 
penses paid was arranged through the circulation department of the 
paper to those boys who rated highest in building up their routes. 

Divided into two groups, the carriers reaped rewards for their 
labors in fishing, boating, swimming, playing tennis and baseball. 
Campfire rallies and other typical camp life activities were on the vaca- 
tion program. The camp, which was reserved for the exclusive use of 
the carrier boys, is about a hundred and sixty miles from the city. 




Little more than a good stone's throw from the southwest tip of 
Bayonne, sprawls a gray, rotting hulk of an island. Only two people 
brave the situation to make it their home. It is all that remains of 
what was once the center of shipbuilding and shipping activity of 
Bayonne. It was the scene in bygone days of many political har- 
rangues at election time. The place is known as "Shooters Island" 
part of which belongs to the City of Bayonne. 

Like a sore toe, it has been a nuisance for a long time. There are 
but few who have seen more of it than the bird's eye view afforded 
from Bayonne Bridge. 

Only the fishermen and the followers of the yachting and boating- 
sport, passing its stub of a skyline on trips through Kill van Kull, know 
it for the God- forsaken spot it has come to be. 

No buildings that may be called such remain on Shooters Island — 
eighteen years after its desertion in 192 1. Only the splintered heaps 
of the old buildings remain. 

The eight old buildings, which have stubbornly resisted time and 
the winds, look with cavernous eyes on the remains of their companion 
structures. Crookedly, they still stand through the years, which have 
gnawed away their roofs, eaten into the foundations and dug hollows 
where windows once were. 

It is not only through them that a dead era of bygone prosperous 
and busy days sighs for the past. The ghost of good times also whis- 
pers through the tall, shriveled grass and in the forlorn slap of water 
against the crumbling mass of decayed wood that are the piers. Tech- 
nically, no living being inhabits Shooters Island for the two remaining 
residents make their home on the water, one in an abandoned barge and 
the other in a craft tied to one of the many scarecrows surrounding 
the island's edge. 

The more comfortable of the two recluses seems to be an Indian 
woman, whose home is in a boat that might have seen life as a yacht- 
ing vessel, tethered to a pier in the shadow of a wooden tramp steamer 
riding its last at anchor a few hundred feet away. 

A frequent visitor to the shores of Staten Island, she has grown 
into a legendary figure for Bayonne boating folk who have seen her 
as she pilots her rowboat on her rare shopping excursions. Despite her 
contacts with the outside world, according to shore workers, she re- 
mains a recluse giving few a chance to engage in conversation with 
her. She is said to be a magazine writer, but none were found along 



the water's edge who know her name or who have read her works. 
The "Squaw," as they call her, guards her solitude fiercely, visitors to 
the island are warned. The "Squaw" is a woman about thirty-five, 
heavy set, with black hair and a skin that might pass for a heavy sun- 
burn. She clings tenaciously to Indian ancestry, former residents of 
Shooters Island say and she furnishes her quarters with articles such 
as tourists buy. Even an Indian bark, it is said, graces the interior of 
her domain. Her English, is perfect and faultless and it gives no clue 
to her identity. No one knows her anticedents or forebears. Though 
the Indian woman has grown to be part of the Island legendry, the 
other inhabitant is an older resident than she and qualifies for the title 
of Citizen No. I. He is Al Anderson, sixty-three, grizzled veteran of 
literage boats and scows, who has been watchman at Shooters Island 
for the past twelve years with a snarling watchdog named, Mickey, as 
his only companion. "Old Al" as they call him lives in a barge near a 
catacomb of crumbling shipping sheds within calling distance of his 
neighbor. His job is to keep an eye on the scows of the firm of Edward 
McAllister of New York which anchor there between runs. 

Another firm having much to do with the fading history of 
Shooters Island is the Tide Water Associated Oil Company which 
nightly sends a man over to light danger lights on the piers as guides 
for passing ships. The same man has been doing the job for sixteen 
years and has seen the Island sink from its prime to its present haunt 
for bats, owls and other nocturnal creatures. 

Years ago, before the World War set into motion feverish ship- 
building operations, the land on the Island was rich and fertile and 
truck farmers tilled the soil and made their livelihood by gardening. 
Industry however made inroads, and gardeners and farmers retreated. 
Shipbuilders took advantage of the surrounding water facilities for 
the construction of boats. During the war twenty-eight ships were 
built on the Island. 

With the close of the war, the shipping business was transferred 
to more metropolitan centers and decline marked the spot. The official 
end to the Island's era of prosperity was proclaimed in 192 1 when the 
Island was shut down industrially. 

Shooters Island was made a campaign issue here in 1927 and again 
in 193 1 when Dr. Donohoe, as a candidate for the City Commission 
attacked what he called "fake ratables." The property at that time 
was assessed at $1,121,065 and carried on the administration's books 
as an asset to the city. 



The effect of such a listing was a decrease in the tax rate although 
taxes on the property were not collected. Dr. Bert Daly is credited 
with having discovered long ago that a part of Shooters Island be- 
longed to Bayonne. 


Miss Arline B. Cassidy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cassidy 
of 67 West 41st Street was selected as one of the most beautiful girls 
at the New York University School of Commerce in a contest con- 
ducted by the 1939 "Violet" the school yearbook. Cecil B. DeMille, 
moving picture producer-director was the judge in the contest. Miss 
Cassidy, who is a junior at the School of Commerce, was elected to 
Sigma Eta Phi, junior honorary fraternity, and also to the Violet 
Scroll Honorary Society. She is Vice-President of Phi Omega Phi, 
national social sorority, sorority editor of the Commerce Violet, a 
member of the staff of Commerce Bulletin, school newspaper and a 
member of the Newman Club, Management Club, Christian Associa- 
tion and Psychology Club. 

On June 12th the German freighter, "Hein Hoyer" completed its 
second voyage from Europe docking at the Bayonne Port Terminal. 
The ship brought in 10,000 tons of Swedish wood pulp. The Hein 
Hoyer, a coal burning ship, averages twelve knots an hour and usually 
trades between Germany and South America. She called at Norfolk 
for coal before returning to Europe. 

On June 18th, hundreds of Bayonne Ukrainians attended the fes- 
tival of Americans of Ukrainian descent in the Court of Peace Build- 
ing at the New York World's Fair. The Bayonne Boyan Choir of St. 
Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church took part in the musical program 
given by the United Ukrainian Folk Choruses of the Metropolitan 
area consisting of 500 voices. The mass chorus was under the direc- 
tion of the Ukrainian composer, Professor Alexander Koshetz. 
Over 400 young dancers under the direction of Audrey Kist, former 
ballet master from the state school of folk dances in Carpathe-Ukraine, 
presented a memorable program of Ukrainian dances, some of .which 
were more than a thousand years old. 


A new super-highway is being constructed along the Newark Bay 
shore. A bridge is being planned opening the way to Elizabethport. 
This will take care of a great deal of the traffic leading to points in 



South Jersey. This highway is a continuation of the Jersey City 
Route ioo which connects with the Skyway. 

Route ioo will yield many benefits to this city and far-seeing resi- 
dents regard it as one of the most important highways to be con- 
structed for the benefit of Bayonne traffic in many years. 

Among the foremost benefits, it has been pointed out, will be the 
creation of a new residental area for the city, which in turn, is ex- 
pected to inspire renewed home building activity. 

The new home section, it is believed, would be created through the 
fill that would be deposited along the Newark Bay shore front, between 
the marginal highway and the present shore line. Under present plans, 
the extensive new acreage would be landscaped with lawns, trees and 
walks and made a most attractive section for new r building. 

woman's club garden party 

On June 21st the Woman's Club gave a very successful Garden 
Party with cards on the lawn of Mrs. Thomas F. O'Brien's home on 
the Boulevard and Thirty-sixth Street. Umbrellas and attractive garden 
furniture decorated the lawn as well as a large American flag loaned 
by Dr. Mellor for the occasion. One of the features of the party was 
the presence of a Gypsy Fortune Teller dressed in costume. Mrs. 
Percy F. Haring and Mrs. Silas L. Morse were in charge of the re- 
freshment booth which was prettily decorated with crepe paper, and 
from which, during the afternoon ice cream, cake and punch were 
served. The occasion was one long to be remembered. Prizes in the 
form of Ice Box Corsages were given. Another surprise of the after- 
noon was the door prize which was a seven-piece shell Toilet Set 
donated by the Chairman, Mrs. George W. Mellor and which was won 
by Mrs. James B. Brooks. 


Mayor James J. Donovan, members of the City Commission, and 
other prominent leaders attended the dedication ceremonies held at the 
Benmore Development, Avenue A between 34th and 36th Streets on 
June 24th. 

Two new streets, Roosevelt Terrace and Benmore Terrace, which 
have been run through the property formerly owned by Edwin Bennett, 
the Singer Sewing Machine executive, was dedicated and turned over 
to the city by the syndicate which has been developing the five and one- 
quarter acre tract for the past year. The development was open to 



public inspection and large numbers visited Bayonne's newest home 

The land was acquired from the Bennett heirs last August and 
during the Fall and Spring work on the grading of the two new streets 
progressed. Construction of houses began in the late Spring and 
brought work to many carpenters, plumbers, brick layers and other 
building workers. 

Gas mains, electric facilities, water mains and sewers are already 
completely installed so that the lots will be sold to home builders free 
of all assessments. All houses built in the development will have a 
uniform set-back of twenty-five feet from the curb, thus insuring front 
lawns for every home. Considerable landscaping is planned to make 
the site an attractive one. The lots which will be sold to the public are 
thirty-six by ninety-eight feet, the size of the lots allowing ample room 
for about forty dwellings, all of which will be one family houses. 

The Benmore development is the first such project here in more 
than ten years. The syndicate is headed by Harry Levy as President, 
Harris Boorstein, Vice-President, Julius A. Rose, Treasurer and 
Abraham Turtletaub, Secretary. 


Bayonne's new port terminal is a fisherman's paradise with many 
varieties of fish running. Sand sharks (one man caught nine large 
ones in one afternoon) ling, fluke, whiting, eels and crabs are caught 
daily. Nice catches of striped bass are to be had off the end of the 
terminal but a boat is needed as these fish are caught by trolling. 
When the tide is in, the water averages forty to fifty feet depth and 
fishermen casting from the edge of the terminal bulkheads allow their 
lines to go to the bottom for eels. 

The bow of the whaler, Frango, which was tied up at the terminal 
for some months, furnished a sheltered spot where boys swim. A 
ladder has been rigged over the bulkhead so that they may climb up 
again after a dive. The lads have christened this swimming hole 
''Frango Strait." 

On the north side of the causeway about midway out to the ter- 
minal proper, a stretch of sand has been converted into a beach. Here 
both boys and girls bathe and play various beach games every bright 
day throughout the season. 

It is reported that since New York City is burning refuse instead 
of dumping it at sea as once was done, the water is much cleaner than 



it has been in the past. Certainly at Frango Strait it looks clean, 
although a chemical analysis might disclose another story. 

Anyway, fishing is good, and the boys say that the swimming is 
"swell !" So come on in, boys the last one in is a monkey's uncle ! 




The Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Bergen Neck, New Jersey — The First 
Church in Bayonne. 

The Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Bergen Neck, New 
Jersey was the first church to be formed in Bayonne. It was or- 
ganized December 9, 1828. One of the founders of the church 
was Mrs. Penelope Post Wauters, great grandmother of the late 
Mr. William M. Wauters of 820 Avenue A. The church building was 
erected on land donated by Mr. Richard Cadmus, at Twenty-ninth 
Street, East of Broadway (then [Middle or Plank Road) and was a 
one-story frame building with a small bell tower. The first building 
stood where the present Republican Club is now located. It was moved 
at a later date near the Boulevard and Twenty-ninth Street and became 
part of the edifice of the Eleanora Swedish Church. The present 
church edifice is located on Avenue C and Thirty-third Street where it 
has been since 1866. This church has made a very fine contribution to 
the life and culture of the city. 

Mrs. Alexander Dallas, wife of Dr. Dallas, launched a Mission of 
the first church in the Centerville section in a one-story wooden store. 
The land where the building was erected was donated by Mr. Close, 
father of Mrs. Close-Sleesman and grandfather of Mrs. George S. 
Syme, now of Staten Island. A Fair was held for the benefit of the 
Mission at the Church on one occasion and Alice Roosevelt was asked 
to name a doll. The person guessing the name of the doll was to win 
it. The doll was named "Margaretta" and since no one guessed the 
name, the doll was sold to Mr. William Till for his little girl, Greta. 

The church is now known as, 'The First Reformed Church" and 
the present pastor is Rev. George J. Becker. 


This church was organized in 183 1 when Rev. Thomas G. Stewart 
was appointed pastor of the Bergen Neck Mission. For one hundred 
and seven years work has been carried on. On June 22, 1844 the 
society was incorporated as Bergen Neck Methodist Episcopal Church. 



Father McDonald and Father Garrett Vreeland, as they were affec- 
tionately called, were the founders and main supporters. The early 
house of worship was located on the west side of Avenue D (now 
Broadway) at Twenty-fourth Street. This was once known as the 
"Bee Hive" the name arising from the fact that honey bees had lived 
in the peak of the building-. Several pounds of fine honey were re- 
moved each year and sold for the benefit of the church treasury. In 
1854 the "Bee Hive" was sold and the cornerstone of a new building 
for worship was laid at Broadway near Twenty-ninth Street. The 
Bergen Neck Church was then on a circuit, the pastor of Greenville 
preaching there also. After twelve years the Society moved to a new 
location, this time to the southwest corner of Avenue D and Oakland 
Avenue, known now as Broadway and Thirty-second Street. In 1866 
the name of this Society was changed to the Mattison Methodist Epis- 
copal Church, named after Dr. Hiram Mattison, the pastor. Upon 
the erection of the present building, the name was changed to "First 
Methodist Episcopal Church." The tower and other improvements 
were added by Rev. Alexander Craig's capable management who put 
the church on a paying basis. 

Old time workers in the church were George Cozine, John Rowland, 
Father Abraham Simmonds, Mother Ruth Bristed and Thomas 
Cubberly, W. C. Vivash and W. E. Hollingshead. 

James Coward was appointed Superintendent of the Sunday School 
on January 1, 1886 and was an active worker until his death. He came 
to Bayonne a young man and had a shoemaking shop on Greenwich 
Street, New York. As time went on the Coward Shoes became famous. 
John Coward, a son, entered into business with his father. James 
Coward's home, which was located on Avenue C between Thirty- 
second and Thirty-third Streets was torn down only a few years ago. 
In the early days Mr. Coward could be seen daily driving to the Thirty- 
third Street Station of the Central Railroad of New Jersey in the 
mornings and returning in the evenings from New York, with his 
colored coachman and fine team of horses. When he died he left a 
fortune of eight million dollars. The people of the city were very 
much surprised. He had been quoted as wealthy and some ventured 
to say that he was worth nearly a million. He left his fortune to his 
son who carried on the shoe business with his grandson, Mortimer, 
and his daughter, Harriet who is Mrs. Alfred D. Woodruff now of 
Hillside, N. J. The home of the late John Coward is now occupied by 
the family of the late former Mayor John J. Cain. 



The present pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church is 
Rev. Norman F. Champlin. 


In 1853 Saltersville Methodist Episcopal Sunday School was or- 
ganized with John Elderson as Superintendent. The first meeting 
place was in a small building occupied by the Advent Church, next 
door to the firehouse now occupied by the Exempt Firemen. Meetings 
were also held over a grocery store at Forty-ninth Street and Avenue 
D, now Broadway, afterwards Flannery's Saloon, then at Harris' Hall 
(L'Estrange Drug Store) and they later built the church on East 
Forty-sixth Street which they sold to the present Angelic Baptist 
Church. A new church was then built on Forty-fourth Street and 
Avenue D which was known as the Monroe Church of which Rev. 
Grant was the preacher and after they bought a site on Avenue C and 
Forty-sixth Street and moved the building from Avenue D and re- 
modelled it. It is known now as the Forty-sixth Street Methodist 

Mrs. Philip Allaire, who came to the city in 1876 deserves much 
credit for this church organization. 

The first Board of Trustees elected June 25, 1877, were : President, 
Edgar Wilson; Clerk, R. H. Freer; Treasurer, Philip Allaire and 
George W. Connell, David B. San ford, Benjamin Duryee and Simon 


Trinity Church was organized in 1859. A porch conversation on 
a Sunday afternoon in July 1859 resulted in the organization of the 
parish. The discussion took place on the porch of "Pepperidge" the 
home of Solon Humphreys, who was a member of E. D. Morgan & 
Co., Wall Street Brokers and for whom the downtown street is said to 
be named. Sessions were first held in the district school, then the old 
No. 4 on what is now Dodge and Fifth Streets. They secured a 
supply preacher for the following Sunday and issued a call to residents 
of Bergen Point for a meeting at the La Tourette Hotel for further 
consideration of the project. A Staten Island clergyman, whom the 
records identify as the Rev. French, conducted the first service. The 
details were the outgrowth of the porch conversation. David La 
Tourette and Mr. Humphreys both donated land on which Trinity 
Church was built. On the list of the first subscribers are David 
La Tourette, Solon Humphreys, John Van Buskirk, A. L. Rowe, J. 



Van Saun, John Watson, S. T. Brown, T. Y. Brown, Robert Mackie, 
Henry Meigs, Henry Paret, Charles Davis, Joseph Hewlett and the 
Dobson and Earle families. 

In 1879 the church was destroyed by fire. Immediate plans for a 
new church were drawn and in 1881 a new church was opened for 
public services. The bell of the old church which was totally damaged, 
was buried on the grounds. The altar, pulpit and chancel chairs were 
gifts of Solon Humphreys. 

The memorial windows in the Baptistry were given by Mrs. 
Lavinia La Tourette. The Litany Desk is a memorial to D. W. Van 
Natta, given by his son D. Alden. The pulpit light is a memorial to 
Dr. Thomas Dobson given by the family. The altar cross is a me- 
morial to Henry Meigs given by his widow. The light over the font 
is in memory of Cas. W. Cutting. The vases for the altar are me- 
morials for Georgia E. and Catherine C. Schuyler, Anna C. Cook, 
Myrtella N. Dan and R. P. Arrowsmith. The corona is a memorial to 
Rev. Dr. George Walsh. 

The present pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church is Rev. George L. 
Crambs who came to the church in the early part of 1940. He re- 
placed Rev. William C. Kernan who took charge from 1935 to 1940. 
Rev. Kernan came from Washington, D. C. where he had completed 
a fellowship at the College of Preachers in Washington Cathedral. 


Calvary Episcopal Church was founded in 1859 when the upper 
part of Bayonne was known as Saltersville. The first service con- 
ducted in this parish was on August 24, 1859 by the Rev. Robert F. 
Travis, Rector of what is now St. Mark's Church in Jersey City but 
what was then known as Trinity Church. Since August 24th is St. 
Bartholemew's Day, the Mission was called St. Bartholemew's Mis- 
sion. Trinity Church in Bergen Point was a very wealthy parish and 
gave the new Mission considerable help. In April 1866 Mr. Hartman 
Vreeland presented a plot of ground for the erection of a church in 
Saltersville. The building was a small frame structure and was first 
located on Avenue D and 51st Street. In 1899 the building was moved 
to Avenue C and 45th Street where it now stands. The church was 
erected with money supplied by Trinity parish. The cornerstone was 
laid November 3, 1866 and the building opened for services on June 29, 
1867. The first couple married in Calvary Church was Mr. William 
San ford and Miss Anna Vreeland. The property was later conveyed 



to the Rector, Wardens and Vestry of Calvary Church of Bayonne. A 
great deal of credit is due to Mr. George Wevill who was Superintend- 
ent of the Sunday School and to whom much of its present prosperity 
is indebted. This church did not succeed in clearing itself of debt 
until 1 92 1 when it was consecrated, although it had secured much 
property now valued at approximately $50,000. St. John's Episcopal 
Church merged with Calvary in 1935. Since Calvary was free of debt, 
it was decided to sell St. John's property which is located on Avenue C 
and 34th Street and continue services in Calvary Church. The oldest 
living member of Calvary in 1940 is Mrs. Edward M. Griffin who has 
been a very faithful parishioner. The present pastor is the Rev. 
Revere Beasley. 

st. mary's star of the sea, the first catholic church 

in bayonne 

The memory of the oldest parishioners goes back to the year 1852, 
when Mass was celebrated in the home of John Welsh, on Lord Ave- 
nue, by the Rev. John Kelly, of St. Peter's Church in Jersey City. Be- 
fore that time Catholic residents of the peninsula made the journey to 
St. Peter's Church in New Brighton, Staten Island. 

Airs. Phoebe Adams Gibson of 24 Cottage Street, who will mark 
her eighty-third birthday in August, claims to have been the first 
Catholic child to be confirmed in Bayonne, having been the youngest 
in the initial group of confirmants. 

Rev. John Kelly was succeeded in his semi-monthly visitations by 
the Rev. Benjamin F. Allaire and the Rev. James Callan, of St. James's 
Church, Newark, the latter erecting the first St. Mary's Church in 
Evergreen Street in i860. 

Shortly after that date the spiritual interests of the Catholics of 
Bergen Point were entrusted to the Passionist Fathers from the Hobo- 
ken Monastery, Fathers Vincent Nagler, Timothy and Thomas O'Con- 
nor making weekly visitations from January 1862 until August 1, 
1865, when the growing mission was made a parish by the Rt. Rev. 
Bishop Bayley, who named Rev. Peter P. Neiderhauser its first Rector. 
Father Neiderhauser had been a Redemptionist and was admitted into 
the diocese December 13, 1862. He assisted Father Rogers in New 
Brunswick, looking after the Germans, until he was chosen first pastor 
of Bergen Point, July 17, 1865. He labored with great fruit among 
the Catholics of this mission until he was transferred to St. John- the 
Baptist's German Church, New Brunswick August 1871. The Rev. 



P. McGovern was the second pastor serving from 187 1 to 1876 when 
he was succeeded by Rev. James Dalton. Rev. Dalton, who was in 
poor health, collapsed while celebrating his first mass and was re- 
placed by Rev. Thomas M. Killeen of Newark who remained until he 
retired from active duties. 

In 1880 Father Killeen erected the present church on Fourteenth 
Street and Avenue C and built the Sisters' house on Fourteenth Street 
as well as the old frame school, which in 1898 was removed to make 
room for the present commodious brick structure erected by his suc- 
cessor, the Rev. Isaac P. Whelan under whose guidance St. Mary's was 
one of the best-equipped and most flourishing parishes in the Diocese 
of Newark. In 1905 Rt. Rev. Msgr. Andrew M. Egan became rector 
of St. Mary's. The church was consecrated July 17, 1909 during 
Msgr. Egan's pastorate and the Convent of St. Joseph's on Fourteenth 
Street was erected. 

Msgr. Lawlor came to the local church in 1929 after Msgr. Egan's 
death. Complete renovation and redecoration of both the upper and 
lower churches were completed in 1933. The Gothic beauty of the 
two places of worship has won admiration from many. 

Outstanding among new additions to the church are two mosaic 
altar shrines and a hand-carved polychrome wooden Crucifixion group, 
given by Miss Helen Dennehy in memory of her parents. 

Msgr. Lawlor was ordained at Immaculate Conception Seminary, 
Seton Hall, June 1, 191 2 and shortly thereafter was drafted to assist 
the Rev. John A. Dillion, LL.D. then diocesan superintendent of 
schools. He succeeded Rev. Dr. Dillion seven years later and now is 
senior in service of all Catholic Diocesan school superintendents of the 
United States. He has offices in the Chancery Building of the Arch- 
diocese at 33 Mulberry Street, Newark. 


The German Evangelical and Reformed Church was organized 
December 1, 1871. At that time the group met in a private dwelling 
on Lord Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets. The property on which 
the church now stands was purchased from Ann M. Zabriskie which 
was deeded in 1873. It was said that "one dollar and a pledge to 
work for the welfare of the church of Christ" bought part of the land 
at Lord Avenue and 4th Street. In 1888 the congregation split, the 
majority establishing the Third Reformed Church at West 25th Street 
and the minority remaining in possession of the downtown property. 



About a year later the church was incorporated. One great change 
recorded in the church's history occurred only last year when the de- 
nomination which had originally been Evangelical was united with the 
Reformed faith. 

The fifty-first year in the ministry of the pastor, the Rev. Carl 
Schauer, finds the church free of all debt and with a membership of 
about 150. The Rev. Schauer began services here in 1903 when he led 
the congregation of St. Paul's Evangelical Church as well as the 
Bergen group. Illness forced his retirement in 1909 but in 1910 he 
resumed his pastoral duties solely at the German Evangelical and Re- 
formed Church and has been in that pulpit ever since. His assistant 
for the past year has been the Rev. Walter Fuhrman. 

Gifts to the church include an organ presented by Gail and Louise 
Suhl in memory of their mother; a lectern and baptismal fountain 
from the estate of Mrs. Theobald Happ and a painting by J. J. Kuder 
in memory of his wife. 

The Trustees are Mr. Albert Beck, Jr., Emil Schauer, son of the 
pastor who is also Sunday School Superintendent ; Mr. August Engle- 
hardt, Adolph Gurka, Alfred Filsinger and Carl Schauer. Honorary 
trustees are Albert Beck, Sr. and Rudolph Voigt. 

st. paul's Lutheran church is organized 

In 1872 a group of Lutherans crossed the Kills to worship in Port 
Richmond, Staten Island, as there was no Lutheran Church in the 
Peninsula. Sometimes in the winter months they had to face severe 
snow storms which delayed them a great deal. On January 1, 1877 
they were forced to return to their homes due to a storm and it was 
not possible for them to attend church, so they decided to build a 
church of their own. A meeting was held to discuss the matter. Those 
present were: William C. Farr, John Hollenbach, Sr., G. Kullich, 
John Lange, D. Osbahr, Jacob Rausher, Charles Reimers, Jacob 
Scholz, William Scholz, Christopher Schmidt, Jacob Schmidt and H. 

Two lots were secured on 22nd Street between Avenue H and I 
and on May 27, 1877 the church was dedicated under the guidance of 
Rev. C. J. F. Frinke, pastor of the mother church in Port Richmond, 
Staten Island. The first pastor to take charge here was Rev. A. T. 
Pechtold, who began work on August 4, 1878. 

In 1889 the church was sold to the Hungarian- Slavish Catholic 
Church and property was then secured on East 25th Street near Ave- 



nue E where a new church was begun. The Ladies Aid and Sunday 
School and Junior Class were organized in 1899. 

In 1 9 18 the church was sold, this time to the Ukrainian Catholic 
Church. The Lutherans were homeless so they conducted services in 
the Swedish Church on 29th Street until the present church was built 
on the Boulevard and 31st Street. The present pastor is Rev. Irwin 
W. Gietz. 


The Third Reformed Church was organized in 1872. The first 
pastor was Rev. Gottlieb Andrew of Jersey City. The first church 
stood at West 21st Street and Avenue C and was removed to another 
site after being sold to a Hebrew Congregation. The present church 
is on the northerly side of West 25th Street near Broadway and was 
erected in 191 1. The pastor is Rev. William Bailey Horvath. 


The Second Adventist Church, also known as the Millerite Church, 
financed by Davey Salter, was located on Forty-seventh Street between 
Avenue C and Broadway. The preacher was Jasper A. Cadmus. Old- 
timers still tell us of occasions when the Adventists, full of faith and 
great zeal, would get out on the roofs and give all their belongings 
away and declare the end of the world was coming. 



The First Baptist Church, which is now located on Avenue C and 
Thirty-third Street was organized October 22, 1882 with about twenty- 
five members. Rev. J. N. Folwell was the first minister. The 
Mission Chapel started at Twenty-eighth Street and Avenue D was 
dedicated July 25, 1883. The present building on Avenue C and 
Thirty-third Street was made possible by the generosity of Mrs. M. A. 
Sirrell. In 1892 the Sunday School building was completed and in 
1906 the parsonage purchased. The present pastor is Rev. John 


In the early days, home-made candles were used in all churches for 
many years. Then followed oil lamps. The churches were heated by 
Gothic stoves that at times filled the churches with smoke. Reed or- 
gans were used. A collection above a dollar and a half was con- 
sidered very substantial. The minister's salary averaged from Four 
hundred to Nine hundred dollars per year. This was augmented by 



gifts of vegetables, wood and other necessities donated by members of 
the congregation. 


The Salvation Army opened new quarters at 926 Broadway in 
1920. Prior to this establishment of a permanent home, the Army met 
in rented stores in various parts of the city. At one time it occupied 
a building on East 22nd Street donated for its use by the Standard Oil 

The Bayonne branch of the Salvation Army is one of the first to be 
organized in this country. It followed by two years the New 
York Corps which was formed March 10, 1880. The movement in 
America was fostered by seven Salvation lassies who journeyed from 
England to that first meeting to spread the gospel of the organization. 
Newark followed the New York group and the Bayonne organization 
was third. In 1903 Commander Ballington Booth, national head of the 
Salvation Army, lived in Bayonne. Adjutant and Mrs. Howard Fritz 
who replaced Captain Thusa Martine in November of 1938 are now 
directing the Army work in this city. 


Beth Abraham Synagogue, center of worship for more than 700 
Jews during special holidays, is the oldest of the Jewish Congregations 
in the City. Chartered in 1886 it celebrated its golden anniversary in 
1936, and finally burned its mortgage Sunday, March 31, 1940. 

About a dozen worshippers, most of whom left marks of achieve- 
ment in the city, were responsible for its organization. Among them 
were the late Hyman Lazarus, police recorder and publisher of 
The Bayonne Times; his father, Louis Lazarus; Herman Klein, 
founder of the Travel Agency ; Jacob Cohen, father of Harry Cohen, 
the furniture merchant and Solomon Newman. Of the handful of 
men, David Grossman of 146 Prospect Avenue is the sole survivor. 
The first meeting was held at the home of Jacob Cohen, then located 
on 72 Cottage Street. 

The present synagogue, located on the south side of West 21st 
Street between Avenue C and Broadway, was built 42 years ago after 
a small frame building, which had been its predecessor, was razed. The 
total outlay was $40,000. Hyman Lazarus was first president. Harry 
Levy is present head. 

Services were held three times daily under the leadership of Rabbi 
Aaron R. Charney, who is also chaplain of the police and fire depart- 



ments of Bayonne. Rabbi Charney came here in 1924 from a small 
town near Boston. Born in Poland, in territory which had once been 
a part of Russia, Rabbi Charney received his education in European 
rabbinical colleges, among them the Kovno Slabodky Seminary, one 
of the oldest institutions of its kind. Before he assumed duties in 
Massachusetts, Rabbi Charney led congregations in London and Bir- 
mingham, England, where he wrote for British newspapers. 

He is also the author of three books, "Lectures from Life and 
Nature," published six years ago. "Visions of an Elder" was written 
two years later. Both deal with religious, moral and social problems. 
His latest book is titled, "Rosuf Ahava," released a short time ago and 
published through the efforts of friends, officers of which were Harris 
Boorstein, Harry Levy, Harry Cohen, Isaac Wigdor and David Ber- 

The Hebrew Free School at 17 West 23rd Street is but one of the 
congregations' activities for the education of Jewish youth of which 
Harris Boorstein is President. 


The Bergen Point Baptist Church was organized in January 1887 
and was an offspring of the Baptist Society of Bergen Point. The first 
service was held February 1, 1887 in the German Church, Lord Ave- 
nue and 3rd Street with the Rev. Robert E. Farrier preaching. The 
late E. R. Craft, father of Lula Craft, Missionary at Rangoon, Bur- 
mah, was one of the founders. 


the angelic baptist church, a colored church, was founded in 
1887 and was organized by the late Rev. John T. Thornton. The or- 
ganizing took place at the home of Deacon Harry Thompson and as 
the membership grew, larger quarters were needed. Salters Hall was 
the second place of worship which was used until tlie present church 
building at 9-1 1 East 46th Street was purchased. In 1912 it was re- 
modelled and a basement installed. The present pastor is Rev. T. L. 


Frank M. Reynolds as class leader of the First Methodist Episcopal 
Church on 31st Street and Avenue C organized a class in Bergen Point 
section and on August 5, 1888 a Sunday School was formed which 
later became the Bergen Point Methodist Church. It was incorporated 
in May 1890. The first pastors were Rev. A. C. Turrell and Rev. W. 



A. Deaton. A new building was erected in 1892 and the old building 
became the Sunday School Chapel. The first officers of the school 
were Mr. Reynolds, Supt. ; Mrs. L. W. Thompson, Asst. Supt. ; F. E. 
Thompson, Secretary ; Miss Anne Proctor, Treasurer ; John H. Hurley 
was another early leader of the group. This group incorporated the 
Sunday School into a church and called it the Bergen Point Methodist 
Episcopal Church of Bayonne. The present pastor is Rev. Richard C. 

st. Joseph's church 

St. Joseph's Church is the second oldest Catholic congregation in 
the City. The first church was bought from a Lutheran congregation 
in 1888 for the sum of $7,500. to be used for the Catholic Slovaks of 
Bayonne. The first pastor was the Rev. Samuel Bela who remained 
until 1895 when Rev. John Hlebik became his successor. On Christ- 
mas morning of 1908, with the Rev. Father George Szikora, the first 
mass in the new edifice on Avenue E and 25th Street was celebrated. 
The new church was built at a cost of $54,000. and at that time was 
the largest in the city having a congregation of 4,000. The old 
church, which was located on East 22nd Street, was turned over for 
use as a parochial school. The present pastor is Rev. A. L. Adizima. 


The Swedish Lutherans first held services in 1888 in Trinity Epis- 
copal Church on 5th Street. They later met in St. John's Lutheran 
Church on West 27th Street and later on in St. Paul's Lutheran 
Church on 25th Street. 

The building which is now the Eleonora Church was originally 
constructed for the First Reformed Church, then sold to St. John's 
Episcopal Church and then sold to the city after several years occu- 
pancy. The city used the building for the first high school and later 
used it as an annex to School No. 2. A contractor later bought it from 
the city and sold it to the Bayonne Republican Club which occupied the 
place for five years until the new clubhouse at Broadway and 29th 
Street was entered. 

In June of 1908 the Republican Club sold the building to the con- 
gregation of the Eleonora Church and on July 2nd of that year, work 
of removing it to its present site was started. It is now located on 
West 29th Street near the Boulevard and the present pastor is Rev. 
A. A. Wilfred. 





St. Henry's Parish was organized in 1889 by about fifty German 
families. On December 8, 1889 the cornerstone of the frame church 
was laid which was on the site of the present postoffice. Father 
Shandle was in charge. The church was dedicated on April 2, 1890. 
The first Pastor, Alloys Heller, was appointed May 1890. In the sum- 
mer of 1 89 1 St. Thomas' Church on West Thirtieth Street (the present 
site of St. Henry's School) was dedicated. This was used by those 
who found it inconvenient to go to Fourteenth Street to St. Mary's 
Church. In March 1895 the two churches merged with Father George 
Meyer in charge and formed the present St. Henry's Parish. 

The first child baptised in St. Henry's Church was Adam Fink on 
May 13, 1890; the first funeral was a child of Isidore Rolling and the 
first marriage was that of John Huber and Helena Hock on July 25, 

On Decoration Day, 191 5 St. Henry's new church was dedicated. 
The new edifice is located on Avenue C and Twenty-ninth Street. 

St. Henry's Church is a modified treatment of the early decorated 
English Gothic architecture and its general ground plan is Cruiciform, 
consisting of Naves, Aisles and transepts. The exterior is Bedford 
Indian Limestone. The structure is said to be one of the most beauti- 
ful examples of church architecture in New Jersey. It is a permanent 
monument to the energy and determination of the Rev. Peter E. Reilly, 
who was in charge of the parish from October 20, 1905 until the time of 
his death. In 1905 there were about sixty families in the parish. 

Father Reilly purchased the present site for $27,000. and ground 
was broken June 17, 191 1, the cornerstone was laid by Bishop O'Con- 
nor on September 5, 1912 and the church was dedicated on Memorial 
Day 191 5. Today the parish has 1,100 families and about 5,000 
parishioners. Rev. Dr. Michael J. Mulligan is the present pastor. 

St. Henry's school has an enrollment of four hundred. Sisters of 
St. Benedict of New Jersey have charge. 

St. Henry's Catholic Women's Association had a house-warming 
in the new clubhouse 93 West Thirty-fifth Street in January of 1940. 
Previous to this the headquarters was in the old Butter Smith home- 
stead and before that on East Thirty-third Street. There is seldom 
a day or night that passes without some social activity in the club- 




St. John the Baptist, Greek Catholic Church, was organized on 
East 22nd Street in Constable Hook 1897. The present church is 
located at 15 East 26th Street and the present pastor is Rev. Emil 

people's baptist church 

In 1897 a small band of worshippers met in open air meetings in 
the neighborhood of Sixteenth Street, in cooperation with the Rev. S. 
J. Betts, a Baptist minister from Raleigh, N. C. So zealous was the 
handful of the faithful, that their ranks grew and a temporary home 
was ultimately established in a small store at 310 Broadway and 
then moved to a rented chapel at Twenty-first Street. After a year 
of meeting here a Mrs. Serell turned over to the infant congregation 
a Chapel on West Twenty-third Street. This was augmented by a 
liberal financial contribution. Payment for the property was arranged 
for in Mrs. Serell's Will. Thus with enthusiasm and assistance the 
People's Baptist Church was organized and later united with the 
regular New Jersey Baptist Association of Churches. Under the 
leadership of Rev. Betts the church prospered and grew. After eight 
years of service the first pastor retired in 1905 returning to his southern 
home and his work was taken up by the Rev. J. H. Troy. 

Three lots were secured at the present location on West 27th 
Street during the Rev. Troy's pastorate, the move for a new building 
receiving further impetus when the Rev. M. T. Shelford was called to 
the pulpit in 1906. 

The cornerstone for the present structure was laid December 2^, 
1908 and dedicated in May 1909. The parsonage adjoining the church 
building was erected during the pastorate of the Rev. John H. Clark, 
who followed. The present membership of 250 men and women is 
guided by the Rev. James Rowe, Jr. who came to Bayonne in August 
1927 joining his parents after years of separation. The Rev. Rowe 
began his schooling in Staten Island moving to Bayonne with the 
family in 1898. Rev. Mr. Rowe is one of the most active and be- 
loved ministers in Bayonne, everyone having a good word for him. 
Not only does he say he wishes there were ten days in a week, but he 
should have that many to attend to all his activities. Aside from his 
pulpit and parish duties he periodically spreads the Gospel at the 
Rahway Reformatory, the Trenton State Prison, the Middlesex County 
workhouse and the Newark City Jail. 



Pastors preceding him in addition to the pioneers named were the 
Rev. Arthur Potter, the Rev. Gerard M. Case, the Rev. Charles Mer- 
crong, the Rev. J. Williams and the Rev. Thompson. 


The Sacred Heart Polish National Catholic Church was a wooden 
structure near what is now 17 East 22nd Street in 1898 when it was 
built by a group of Polish immigrants shortly after their arrival in 
Bayonne. The chapel was built by the hands of the parishioners after 
working hours in the local industries. The same driving spirit which 
was the forerunner of the present church would not call a halt when 
several years later fire twice demolished their house of worship. 

The church which supplanted the chapel was erected on the site of 
the present edifice on October 15, 1903. The cornerstone was laid 
January 1, 1903 with the Rev. Francis Hodue, organizer of the 
Polish National Catholic movement, officiating. 

Of the special church building committee of eight, Leon Pejkowski 
is the only survivor. Others were John Szulc, Francis Pysz, Maxi- 
milian Milkowski, Peter Gejza, Walter Benish, Dominic Kucharski 
and Louis Kubizna. 

Construction of a rectory followed that of the church and follow- 
ing in turn was the purchase of a two-acre tract of land on Willow 
Brook Road near Forrest Avenue in Staten Island for use as cemetery 

During the pastorate of Rev. Anthony Korona the church building- 
was destroyed by fire — December 12, 1912. Misfortune again visited 
the church on May 30, 191 5 while Rev. Jos. L. Zawistowski was rec- 
tor. The house of worship was destroyed by fire. 

It wasnt long, however, before the Poles, imbued with religious 
fervor, rebuilt the damaged building. Latest of the major additions to 
the equipment is a new pipe organ installed in 1928 and blessed on 
July 15th of that year by the late Most Rev. Walenty Gawrychowski, 
Bishop of the New England Diocese and former rector of the Sacred 
Heart Parish. 

Guardian here of the beautiful and rich traditions, customs and 
literature of the Polish people, the church uses the Polish language in- 
stead of the Latin in its liturgy. Hence, the Holy Sacrifice of the 
Mass, the administration of the seven sacraments, vespers and all 
sacred liturgical functions are performed in the language of the 



Sacred Heart Parish comes under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of 
the Most Rev. Francis Hodue of Scranton, Pa., first Bishop of the 
Polish National Catholic Church who was consecreated September 29, 
1907 in St. Gertrude's Cathedral Utrecht, Holland by Archbishop 
Gerard Gul of Ultrecht.' The present pastor is Father Tengowski, who 
was ordained July 29, 1934 by the Most Rev. John Z. Jasinski, Bishop 
of the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese of the Polish National Catholic 
Church and appointed as the latter's secretary for his initial duties as 

Sacred Heart Church is the sponsor of many parish organizations, 
among them the Echo Choir, described as one of the most prominent 
Polish Choirs in the New Jersey metropolitan area. 

st. john's evangelical Lutheran church 

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church was launched in 1898 by 
representatives of a number of families of German nativity in a small 
wooden house of worship at 26 West 27th Street between Avenue C 
and D. The present house of worship was erected and dedicated that 
year. Pastoral charge of the congregation was held for two years by 
Rev. William San ft who was then minister of a church in Greenville. 
The parsonage at 35 West 26th Street was purchased and occupied 
and the meeting room addition to church was constructed during the 
incumbency of Rev. Echumm who was succeeded by Rev. A. Hol- 
thusen who served for five years. Rev. John H. Volk came next, being 
installed January 8, 1906 and at this time the congregation numbered 
201 communicants and almost 400 persons, the church being crowded 
to capacity during services. The Sunday School had 115 pupils. The 
present pastor is Rev. J. Frederick Boehling. A German service is 
conducted at 9 A. M., English service at 11 A. M. and Sunday School 
at 10 A. M. On July 3, 1939, the congregation celebrated the twenty- 
fifth wedding anniversary of their pastor and his wife. 


our lady of mt. carmel, Polish Catholic Church located on West 
22nd Street started in a wooden structure. Incorporated January 25, 
1898 with 300 families, and blessed in 1899. It was the smallest in the 
Diocese at the time but today the parish is one of the largest. Rev. 
Sigismund Swider was appointed in 1900. In 1902 the school was 
started in the upstairs of the building which was the church, then later 
the new church was built and the old building was turned into a modern 



school which at the. present time has approximately 1,100 students of 
elementary and grammar grades. The present church is a handsome 
brick edifice and also included in the church property is a commodious 
auditorium which was built in 1926, a home for the Sisters and the 
Rectory was built in 1930. The property was cleared of debt many 
years ago and is worth over $200,000. The present pastor is Rev. 
Anthony Tralka. 


The Fifth Street Reformed Church of Bayonne, N. J. was or- 
ganized in the Fall of 1901 by the South Classes of Bergen. It was a 
result of the consolidation of the congregations of the Bergen Point 
Reformed Church which stood on Lord Avenue which was organized 
in 1854 and the First Presbyterian Church on 5th Street and Newman 
Avenue which was organized in 1884. When the Reformed Church 
building was destroyed by fire in the winter of 1901 a movement was 
started in the interest of a union of the two churches. Rev. Ferdinand 
Wilson began his duties in the church on December 2, 1902 and re- 
mained until 1920. 

The congregation erected a hall which was useful to the com- 
munity as well as the congregation. The Neighborhood Club met in 
this hall. The club had members of all denominations and was a very 
active social center, having bowling teams, dances, minstrel shows and 
many other affairs. Rev. Musty who came later called a meeting in 
the church and while the meeting was being held, bowling was going 
on also. He objected to this and also objected to having all denomina- 
tions as members and finally after finding no suitable meeting place, the 
club was broken up. 

The present rector is Rev. John J. Van Strien. 


Sealed in the cornerstone of Christ Presbyterian Church, Avenue 
C and 42nd Street is a little boy's nickel, the nucleus of the fund which 
resulted in the church's construction in 1902. The history of the 
present house of worship had its origin in a Sunday School taught by 
Miss Mary E. Gardner, believed to be deceased, who one Sunday 
morning suggested that her students bring in a small donation for a 
new church promising at the same time that she would match their 
contributions with a donation of her own. The following Sabbath she 
called for the donations, but forgetfulness had taken its toll during the 



week and no one remembered to bring a contribution except a little 
boy sitting in the rear who after searching in his pockets produced a 
five cent piece. Adding a nickel of her own, Miss Gardner sent the 
youngster with the coins to the pastor, the Rev. Harry Nesbit, second 
of the church's clergymen, who related the incident to his congregation 
that morning with a strong plea for the construction of a new church. 
This church was actually started in 1899 and the first prayer meeting 
was held July 2, 1899 at Lowell's Hall located at Grand Street. The 
meetings were conducted by Rev. Floyd L. Cornish. They later moved 
to Avenue D and 40th Street. 

The new church came into existence in March 1902 at which time 
the little boy's nickel coupled with that of Miss Gardner's became his- 
tory, the full story of which was placed in the cornerstone for pos- 
terity. The Rev. Harry Nesbit was pastor for eleven years and when 
he resigned, his post was filled by the late Rev. Alexander Terhune, 
who in turn was followed by the Rev. William Pope. Next in succes- 
sion were the Rev. William Kaufman, the Rev. Paul Wagner and the 
Rev. Franklyn Artly. The present pastor, Rev. John A. Hutchison, is 
the youngest clergyman in the city being only twenty-eight years old. 


The second Jewish congregation formed in Bayonne was organized 
in 1902 and is the largest numerically in the city. The Synagogue is 
named The Talmud Torah. It is a brick structure on West 20th Street 
between Avenue D and Avenue C. The congregation has a Free Loan 
Association and the Hebrew Sheltering Aid Society. It supports a 
Hebrew Free School. The Rabbi is Jacob Danishefsky. 


Ohav Sholom is the third congregation which was formed in the 
city and was organized about 1902 and now owns the building on West 
20th Street. Jacob Zwick and Samuel Baer, Gabis. 


The Luthern Church now located on Avenue C and 37th Street 
and called the Grace English Evangelical Church started in Cadugan's 
Hall on Broadway and 33rd Street. On July 6, 1907 the congrega- 
tion moved to a meeting place at 40th Street and Broadway. Here the 
Ladies Aid was organized. Charter members were Mrs. Geo. Bur- 
rows, Mrs. A. Davis, Mrs. Maria De Freitas, Mrs. Louise Gogel, Mrs. 



H. M. Gold, Mrs. Anna Hall, Mrs. Lerch, Mrs. Jacob Markey, Mrs. 
K. Murphy, Mrs. Ida Schlegel, Mrs. John P. Smith, Mrs. Bertha Vree- 
land and Mrs. Bernette. 

In 1908 the present site was bought and ground was broken and 
consecrated September 1909 and the church was dedicated April 25, 
1910. The present pastor is Rev. F. Hampton Berwager. 


A group of about twenty men met to form the nucleus of what is 
now one of the larger Jewish Congregations in the city in the year 
1 9 10. They were the pioneers in the move which resulted in the con- 
struction of Temple Emanu'El and the office of the late Judge Hyman 
Lazarus in the Opera House Building Avenue C and 26th Street, was 
the scene of their first campaign plans. 

Interest in fostering a move for a synagogue in the community 
that would meet the needs of the second and third generation of Ameri- 
can Jews, the men after a preliminary conference held their first regu- 
lar session on April 25, 191 1. Two years later, in July, the cornerstone 
for Temple Emanu'El was laid. Even before the structure was com- 
pleted, however, worship was conducted there on the high holy days of 
1913. The building is located at 735 Boulevard. A site at the south- 
east ocrner of 28th Street and Avenue C had been the original choice 
but was sold to the City of Bayonne at the municipality's request. The 
architect for the Temple was Samuel Horowitz, who with Leon 
Lazarus, lawyer and chairman of the building committee, supervised its 
construction. The first Temple Emanu'El officers were the late Judge 
Lazarus, publisher of The Bayonne Times, President ; Simon Elbaum, 
First Vice-President ; Dr. Morris Tepper, Second Vice-President ; Dr. 
Charles J. Larkey, Secretary and Max L. Solinsky, Treasurer. The 
trustees were Judge Lazarus, Leon Lazarus, Dr. Tepper, Simon 
Elbaum, Jacob Herman, Charles Grotsky, Morris Hirson, Jack Cohen 
and Samuel Goodman. At the time of the first session a ladies auxi- 
liary had already been organized under the presidency of Mrs. Simon 
Elbaum and had its first social function, a bazaar at the Opera House. 

The synagogue, established in accordance with the principals of 
conservative Judaism, has been in charge of the following clergymen : 
Rabbi Louis Berman, Rabbi Bernard Rosengard, Rabbi Louis Schwe- 
fel, Rabbi Benjamin Plotkin and Rabbi Kohn. The membership of 
the Temple Emanu'El is 150 at the present time. There are several 
organizations affiliated with the Temple. 




The Bayonne branch of the Christian Science Church, or the First 
Church of Christ, Scientist, was organized in June 1912, first services 
being held in the Republican Clubhouse, Broadway and 29th Street. 
Membership and attendance at meetings grew so steadily that the group 
was regularly chartered as a church in April 19 19 and re-incorporated 
in June 1925, under the New Jersey Religious Society Act. 

With its expansion of membership and growth of interest, larger 
quarters became necessary. This problem was solved in 1929 when 
the Masonic Temple Association offered the use of its headquarters 
for service and lectures and it is there that the congregation has been 
meeting ever since. 

A reading room is a part of the new home, use of which is avail- 
able to all members desiring to read or study the Bible, the works of 
Mary Baker Eddy, the Christian Science Monitor, or other authorized 
Christian Science literature. 

Mrs. William Soden is the church reader and Miss Dorothy Meyers 
is the second reader. The Board of Trustees is composed of the fol- 
lowing : 

Mrs. John Collins, chairman who also serves as Treasurer ; Mrs. 
Val. Meyers, Mrs. Carl Tanzer, Mrs. Oris Eisenberg and Dr. Samuel 
Eisenberg. Other trustees are Mrs. Mathilda Wychoff who is also 
clerk and Sunday School Superintendent and Miss Mary C Coles, also 
the librarian. 


St. Nicholas Orthodox Russian Greek Catholic Church on the 
Boulevard and 24th Street is the home of Russian born parishioners 
who were organized as a distinct parish in 19 13, the church being- 
erected in 191 5. They also have their own parochial school. The 
present pastor is Rev. Paul Bezkishkin. 

st. Andrew's roman catholic church 
St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Church was named in honor of 
Monsignor Egan and was erected in 19 14. The Rev. Charles Doyle of 
Roselle, a former Assistant to Monsignor Egan, at the latter's request, 
was appointed the first pastor of St. Andrew's in December 19 15. The 
cornerstone of the church on West 4th Street was laid in 1913. The 
parish was incorporated in December of the same year. The parish 
consisted of the southern section of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Parish, 
the mother parish and church of the denomination in the city. A paro- 



chial school is attached to the church. The present pastor is Rev. 
Charles Doyle. 


Ohab Sholem of Uptown is the most recently organized Jewish 
congregation in the city. The Synagogue is at 48th Street and Avenue 
C and was erected in 1920. Judah Alpert is the Canter. A Com- 
munity Center Hall is also attached to this organization. All synago- 
gues in Bayonne are chartered under the name of the United Hebrew 


Friendship Baptist Church started with five baptized believers who 
formed the nucleus of the congregation on May 10, 1925. The quintet 
met with the Rev. William J. Jones, Missionary secretary of the New 
Jersey Baptist and Afro- American Baptist State Conventions, and the 
Rev. F. W. Means, pastor of the Salem Baptist Church of Jersey City. 
These five worshippers, organized as a regular Missionary Baptist 
Church, and assumed its present name and rented, for worship, 
quarters at 47 West 19th Street. The pastor was the Rev. J. W. 
White, another of the group's first leaders. He resigned March 10, 
1926 and at that time the congregation moved to 545 Boulevard where 
Rev. D. G. Dunkins was pastor. Shortly after, he resigned on April 
6, 1927, the church was incorporated as a legal religious institution 
with former District Court Judge Horace Roberson drawing the 

The next pastor was the Rev. Walter R. Burton under whose leader- 
ship the church grew and they contracted and purchased premises at 
90-92 West 20th Street. This property consisted of an old three-story 
frame building, a small old brick house and a brick building in the 
rear formerly used as a factory. 

The cost price of $15,000 however proved too much for the young 
church and the mortgage was ultimately foreclosed in 1934. Rev. 
Burton resigned on February 22, 1934 and the future looked dismal. 
Continuing to meet in the former factory building through rental a 
group of forty-five members extended a call to the Rev. Tibbs a year 
after Rev. Burton left. Having resigned from the Second Baptist 
Church in Keyport, the Rev. Tibbs accepted and took charge March 2, 
1935. With the arrival of the new pastor the affairs of the church 
grew and new members joined and the congregation, in a short time, 
boasted of 200 members. 



In line with the brightened outlook, the congregation purchased 
the present church site in December 1935 at 22 West 20th Street the 
ground breaking ceremonies followed June 21, 1936. The old build- 
ing on the new site was razed leaving only parts of the two side walls 
to serve as the nucleus for the present structure and the cornerstone 
was laid October 16, 1937 by the then United States Senator A. Harry 
Moore, when he was campaigning for the governorship. A host of city 
and county officials as well as many Christian ministers from various 
parts of the state attended. Although, incomplete, worship in the new 
church was held for the first time on Christmas day 1937. 

Estimated at a cost of more than $25,000 Friendship Baptist 
Church was built by voluntary contributions of members, assisted by 
friends and People's Baptist Church, First Reformed, First Baptist, 
Fifth Street Reformed and Bergen Point Methodist Churches. 


In the early part of 1925 the Gluckman estate was donated for a 
Jewish Home for Aged by Mrs. Rose Gluckman. The building is 
located at 735 Avenue C. Joseph Penchansky-Gabi. 


St. Vincent De Paul's parish was formed from the parishes of St. 
Henry and St. Mary and incorporated June 16, 1894. Rev. Father 
Meyer started St. Vincent's Mission in Salters Hall and the first Mass 
was celebrated July 7, 1895. Bol Farrell and his wife were the first 
to attend. 

The parish was attended from St. Henry's Church until the ap- 
pointment of the Rev. Joseph Gately, July 2, 1900. The congregation 
met from 1895 t0 l 9°& in the small frame building on West Centre 
Street. In 1906 they moved to a wooden structure where the present 
church stands. Father Joseph Dolan who became pastor in August 
19 19 journeyed to Europe for ideas on the new building to be erected 
and he visited all famous churches of the Old World for suggestions. 

Ground was broken in 1927 for the new church at a cost of 
$535,000. The new church structure, replica of St. Georges, Venice, 
is of Lombardo Romanesque architecture, the tower is companile two 
hundred feet high, the body of structure is of Plymouth Granite and 
steel and the seating capacity of the church is 1,100. The Manual 
organ is by the Hinners Company of Peking, 111. The stations of the 



cross, of which there are fourteen, are of hammered bronze and in 
mediaeval design. 

The pews are carved in harmony with the circular Roman Windows 
and the shield lights in the transept have been copied from the Hall of 
Knights in Windsor Castle, England. Each bears the likeness of a 
Coronet symbolizing as Father Dolan, pointed out, "that the church 
is the house of Christ, King of Kings." The Altars are of Roman 
design, the stained glass windows are the work of Clarke Bros, of 
Dublin, Ireland and they represent progressively the story of the Mass. 
This fine new granite edifice was completed in 1930. 

St. Vincent's School was first organized on September 8, 19 19 with 
250 students. In 1940 there are 501 students and a faculty of II. 

ss peter's and Paul's Russian orthodox church 

On April 11, 1938 SS Peter's and Paul's Russian Orthodox 
Church on West 28th Street near the Boulevard was dedicated. The 
congregation was organized in 1922 and the new church marks a high 
point in the history of the church. Eastern architecture with three 
cupolos facing the front, the church is the nearest approach to pure 
Russia the city has ever had, although no part, either fixtures or mate- 
rials were brought from abroad. It is a replica of St. Isaacs church in 
Moscow. The Mosque from which a view can be had for miles around, 
is faithfully copied. 

Mr. Feldman, Brooklyn Artist, constructed the church in addition 
to copying the architecture. He has painted a picture of a scene from 
the Old Testament for the Altar. He was at one time, according to 
information given by the Rev. John Kopistiansky, a professor of Arts 
in a Petrograd Art Academy. 

Funds for the structure of the church were obtained mainly from 
the congregation with some donation from Russians not belonging to 
the church. The church carries no mortgage, its debts are solely those 
undertaken by members of the congregation who have provided the 
money for it on a simple no interest basis. 

The church seats about 250 with spacious aisles and roomy balcony 
permitting 150 more. This church is known for its fine music. 

The Parish Hall is back of the church and the property that joins 
that of 95 West 27th Street is where the pastor makes his home. 


The cornerstone of the Church of the Assumption on West 23rd 



Street was laid November 16, 1902 and the church dedicated in Decem- 
ber 1902 by Bishop O'Connor. 

In April 1939, ground was broken for a new parish school of the 
Assumption Church, which is a dream come true for the Italian popu- 
lation of Bayonne. From a tiny hall on West 24th Street where 39 
years ago about 500 families came to pray, grew the Assumption 
Roman Catholic Church and plans are now being made for expansion 
to accommodate more than 5,000 families now in the congregation. 
This church was started from a private dwelling and today 15,000 
young and old come within the influence of the Assumption Church. 
Other buildings to be erected in the $200,000 expansion program are 
a convent building and an addition to the present church. Facilities 
for recreation as well as education will be provided in the parish school 
and an increase in seating capacity of 500 is planned for the church 
addition. The school and the convent will be of fire-proof construc- 
tion, equipment in plumbing, heating, ventilation and electrical sys- 
tems. The floors and stairs will be of terrazzo and the walls of tile 
and the school auditorium and convent chapel artistically decorated. 
Rev. Michael Mercolino is pastor. 

Other denominations in the city, not before mentioned are : 

The New Zion, located at 60 West 22nd Street, which is a Baptist 
Church with the Rev. B. J. Mainor as pastor. 

First Slovak Church of Christ at 28 Andrew Street with the Rev. 
M. S. Mateyka as pastor. 

St. Mary's Ukrainian on East 25th Street with the Rev. Demeter 
Gulyn as pastor. 

Wallace Temple A. M. E. Zion, Avenue C and 17th Street with 
the Rev. R. B. Frazier as pastor. 

Italian Christian Pentecoastal at 131-33 West 24th Street. 

Christ the King Church of Jersey City, Bayonne Branch meets at 
K. of C. with Rev. Joseph A. Shovlin as pastor. 

St. Michael's R. C. Church at 15 East 23rd Street with the Rev. 
Joseph Petraitis, as pastor. 

The non-denominational are : Church of God in Christ at 83 West 
19th Street with the Rev. Gabbe Prunell, as pastor. 


The Holy Family Academy which is located on West Eighth Street, 
is the largest private school in the city. It opened on September 10, 
1925 with a faculty of six the first year and 138 students. It started 



as a commercial school, then developed into High School preparatory 
for college. The teachers are Sisters of Mount St. Joseph's College in 
Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. 

Diplomas were presented to fifty graduates at commencement ex- 
ercises in 1934 which were held in St. Mary's Church. At that time, 
Miss Kathryn Cronin, daughter of the late Matthew T. Cronin, one 
time Mayor of the City, valedictorian, was awarded a scholarship to 
Mount St. Joseph's College at Chestnut Hill, Pa. 

At the present time there are twenty-two in the faculty and 518 






In Bergen Point the district school was on Dodge Street and Broad- 
way. At a later time the villagers of Bergen point completed ar- 
rangements with Roswell Graves, a public spirited citizen, for the 
purchase of a plot of ground for the site of a new school to be situated 
more centrally. This ground was at Fifth Street and Dodge and it 
contained about thirteen and three-quarter lots and was obtained May 
25, 1857. A building committee was appointed and a school building 
constructed. This was District School No. 5 and cost the sum of 
$2,190.86 for building and furniture. The price paid for the site was 
$831.50, the total expense being $3,025.36. 

This old wooden structure, decapitated of its imposing square tur- 
ret and altered into a two-story tenement house and so used for many 
years, had a rather remarkable career for so small and insignificant 
appearing a building. Abandoned for school purposes after the erec- 
tion of Public School No. 4, the old frame building was utilized for 
a long period as the police station for the Fourth Ward and was 
finally sold to the late Thomas Tourney, who converted it into a public 

During the administration of the first Mayor, there were five 
brick school buildings constructed. 

The winter of 1869-70 Public School No. 2 on Avenue D between 
Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Streets was completed at a cost of 
$12,000. The opening of Public School No. 5 on East Twenty-second 
Street, Constable Hook occurred in the autum of the year 1870. The 
cornerstone for the new No. 5 Elementary and Binet School was laid 
in 19 19. This school is located on 30th Street and Prospect Avenue 
and is a large, modern fire-proof school with a capacity for eight hun- 
dred students although there is an enrollment of approximately only 
three hundred students at the present time. Miss Marguerite Cran is 
the Principal. 

No. 4 School on Fifth Street costing $16,000. was completed 



shortly after No. 2 and was opened in September 1871. The old frame 
schoolhouse on Dodge Street was then converted into an Engine House. 

Xo. 3 School in Pamrapo, on Center Street, was completed at a cost 
of $17,000. One thousand children attended the public schools at that 

The first night school for the city was established by the Board of 
Education during the winter of 1873-4 in Public School No. 4. 

The seating capacities of the several public schools were: No. 1, 
217 pupils; No. 2, 317 pupils; No. 3, 315 pupils; No. 4, 438 pupils and 

No - 5, 155 PUP^s. 

In 1876 No. 1 School, which was built on Fifth Street between 
Avenue C and Newman Avenue was opened. The cost of this school 
was $20,000. The school served for many years but finally outgrew 
its usefulness and a new building was needed. The new building, 
which is located on Avenue C and Fifth Street, at the laying of the 
cornerstone October 27, 1920, was named the Henry E. Harris School, 
in honor of Henry E. Harris, who was Principal of the old No. 1 
School for forty-three years. School Trustee George Greenly was the 
Chairman of the exercises. Charles S. Havens succeeded Mr. Harris 
as Principal and Miss Anna J. Heibert was Acting Principal until No. 
8 School closed its doors on February 1, 1940. Mr. Francis K. 
Strohoefer, who had been Principal of No. 8 School since 192 1, as- 
sumed the post as Principal. This is a Junior High School with 
Kindergarten and first grade. 

No. 6 School was completed on Thirty-eighth Street between Ave- 
nue C and D in 1888 at a cost of $21,000. Mr. Ebenezer Earl was 
Principal for many years and Miss Jessie Wheeler, later Mrs. Thomas 
Agnew, and the Misses Helen and Josephine Ramsay were connected 
with No. 6 for many years. Thomas Agnew became Principal after 
Mr. Earl retired. The population increased in the uptown section so 
that the school became over-crowded and in 1920 an addition in the 
form of a new building adjoining the old one was completed. The 
new building was called the Horace Mann School. The present Prin- 
cipal of the school is Mr. Joseph T. McCormack. 

The first High School was organized in a frame building in 1892. 
The academic classes, which had previously been held in Schools Nos. 
2 and 4 and 6 were transferred to the old church building on Avenue D 
and 29th Street and termed the High School. Due to the increase in 
the population the High School became cramped and on December 6, 
1897 the school was transferred to Schuyler Hall at Bergen Point. In 



19 io the first building for the High School was completed on Thirty- 
first Street between Avenue C and the Boulevard. The administration 
of School Superintendent, John W. Can* began September 1, 1909 
when he succeeded James H. Christie who had been Superintendent of 
Schools for several years. Preston H. Smith was Principal of the 
High School at that time which position he held until Mr. Carr left 
Bayonne to act as President of the Friend's School for Girls in Phila- 
delphia. At the present time Mr. Carr is connected with Murray State 
Teachers College in Murray, Ky. Mr. Smith thus became Super- 
intendent of Schools on November 15, 191 5. 

The new Senior High School, located on Avenue A and Twenty- 
eighth Street was completed in April 1937. It is said to be one of 
the finest schools in the State. The Library, one of the finest in the 
country, gives one the feeling of being in the solarium of a fine hotel, 
as it is beautifully located overlooking Newark Bay. The cafeteria is 
second to none and the chemical laboratory is the last word in modern 
improvement. Mr. Howard E. Merity is the Principal. The old 
Senior High School on Thirty-first Street is now used as the High 
School Annex and the principal is Mr. John J. Mullen. 

In 1894 old No. 3 School in Pamrapo was condemned, having been 
cracked in the process of moving it from Center Street to Forty-seventh 
Street. A new No. 3 was completed on Avenue D between Forty- 
ninth and Fiftieth Streets and was opened for use April 28, 1897. It 
contained sixteen rooms. The land cost $6,400., building $44,888. Mr. 
George A. Atwater was the first principle of the new No. 3 School. 
During 1936 the school was torn down, having outgrown its usefulness. 

On April 15, 1898 a contract was awarded for the erection of a 
new twenty-room school, No. 7, on property between Seventeenth and 
Andrew Streets; price of land was $12,400. building $71,300. This 
school was opened for use September 5, 1899. The principal at the 
present time is Mr. Harold Levy. 

School No. 8 was built on Avenue C between 27th and 28th Streets 
in 1903. Mr. Francis K. Strohoefer was the principal, until it closed 
its doors February 1, 1940. 

During 1909 Lincoln School was erected at East 26th Street. Miss 
Catherine McGrath is the present principal. 

In 19 1 2 Roosevelt School, located on West 23rd Street, was built 
and at the present time Mr. Walter F. Robinson is the principal ; No. 
12 School, located on West 10th Street was also erected that year and 
Mr. Harry Schaul is the present principal. 



Philip G. Vroom School on Broadway and 26th Street was com- 
pleted in 191 5 and at the present time Mr. A. E. Lovett is the Principal. 

On February 7, 19 19, at the recommendation of Supt. of Schools, 
Mr. Preston H. Smith, all local teachers of public schools who had seen 
service abroad, upon their return to duty, were to receive an increase 
of $500. to their regular salary, providing the increase did not overstep 
the maximum. Mr. Smith said that the increase was a just action 
and richly deserved by the boys. The teachers who saw foreign service 
were : Profs. Hookway, Burns, Tucker, Jacobs, Strohoefer and Brenen. 

On June 12, 19 19 the new Washington School on the Boulevard 
between 47th and 48th Streets was dedicated. The principal at the 
present time is Mr. A. Thomas Hookway. 

In January of 1920 lip reading classes were established in No. 12 
School under the charge of Miss Agnes Lenox. 

In 192 1 the Mary J. Donohoe School, named in honor of Miss 
Mary J. Donohoe who for many years was principal, was erected on 
5th Street. Mr. James H. Christie is the present principal, Mary 
Donohoe having retired a few years ago. 

During 1924 the Junior High School was completed and it was con- 
sidered as fine a school as any in the State. The Junior High, with its 
fine swimming pool and the Vocational with its modern machinery and 
industrial outlook which gives a point toward a broader interpretation 
of the meaning of the word "education." Miss Lucy McDermott is 
Principal, of Junior High and Edward Berman is Principal of Voca- 
tional High. 

The Superintendent of Schools, Preston H. Smith, submitted his 
statistical report for the month of May to the Board of Education on 
June 17, 1927 with an enrollment in the elementary schools of twelve 
thousand, three hundred fifty-eight ; in the Junior High, one thousand 
four hundred seventy-three; in the High School one thousand three 
hundred fifty-four making the total of fifteen thousand, one hundred 
eighty-five students in the day schools. There were 355 pupils in the 
continuation classes and 168 in the evening high school. 

On September 2, 1927 the Bayonne Public School Buildings, lands 
and equipment were worth $6,560,330 according to the annual report 
of the Secretary submitted to the Board of Education. Prepared by 
Joseph Sklenar, Secretary to the Board, the report was complete, com- 
prehensive and detailed containing a summary of the receipts and dis- 
bursements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1927. 

The Bayonne High School Orchestra gave a highly commended 



public concert in the High School Auditorium on June 16, 1929. More 
than one hundred students made up the orchestra which was under the 
direction of Ben Levy, instructor of music in the school. 

The cornerstone for the YVoodrow Wilson School was laid October 
1930. The impressive school is a model of its kind and represents, 
with equipment, an investment of close to $1,000,000. The school was 
formerly dedicated May 12, 1932 with impressive ceremonies in the 
school's spacious first floor auditorium crowded to overflowing, with 
members of local fraternal organizations, parents of pupils and the 
general public. Miss Elizabeth Duffy is the principal. 

The Board of Education initiated a movement in September 1932 
calculated to bring about one hundred per cent local residence of 
Bayonne teachers by influencing faculty members who live out of town 
to move into the city or resign from their positions. 

In 1933 Soup Kitchens were established in the city schools in an 
effort to aid hundreds of school children, who because of conditions 
at home, were probably suffering from malnutrition. 

Because of the record-breaking number of students, (412) the 
largest class in the school's history, 1934 attendance at the exercises at 
High School were limited to families of the graduates. 

Six hundred pupils of the Elementary and Junior High Schools of 
Bayonne were heard in a music festival at the Junior High School 
Auditorium on June 3, 1935. Miss Josephine G. Duke, director of 
Music, was in charge. 

On April 30, 1938 the memory of the late Emily A. Williams, 
former principal of School No. 8 and first president of the Mt. Carmel 
Guild, was perpetuated in a memorial presented by the Guild to the 
Woodrow Wilson School. The Memorial, a shrine of the Constitution 
of the United States was accepted on behalf of the school by the Prin- 
cipal, Frank K. Strohoefer and on behalf of Miss Williams by Assistant 
Superintendent of Schools, Anna J. Herbert. 

On October 8, 1938 there were 14,083 students enrolled in the day 
schools in the city and 6,593 of those students were in the Senior and 
Junior High Schools. 

On June 5, 1939 the date which would have been the birthday of 
the late Principal Daniel P. Sweeney, was commemorated with the 
dedication of the Bayonne Senior High School Library of the nucleus 
of a memorial collection of books. In a simple, quiet ceremony, the 
tribute was paid to the late educator in the presence of members of 
Mr. Sweeney's family, former associates, faculty members and the 



school's student participation committee. The shelves are adjacent to 
the Library fireplace, where it was said Mr. Sweeney frequently stood 
to gaze out into Newark Bay. 

Vocational High School at Avenue A and 30th Street is a fine 

The Vocational High School, for the first time in its history, 
planned to issue a yearbook, 1939. The following staff members were 
appointed: Joseph Bernstein, editor-in-chief; John Leight, Business 
Manager ; Thadeus Oltarzewski and Donald Sharkey, associate editors. 

Open house was also observed at the end of the season of 1939 at 
the Vocational High School when the public was invited to witness 
demonstrations of studies conducted in the classrooms. One of the 
highlights was the science show at which time a demonstration was 
given including exhibits of man-made lightning, the uses of the photo- 
electric eye, new advances in gas and electric welding, pictures of the 
human voice, reaction-time oil testing and numerous uses of auto- 
matic controllers. Guests were invited to inspect all classrooms, shops 
and laboratories. Among those which have won attention in previous 
observances of open house are the electronic laboratory with its licensed 
sending station, the material testing laboratory, air conditioning, refrig- 
eration and beauty culture rooms, heating and oil burning laboratory, 
machine and pattern shops, drafting rooms, electrical maintenance shop, 
internal combustion engine laboratory, automotive shops, the printing 
shop and the electrical laboratory. 

As the population of the city grew, larger schools were built and 
today our public schools, from an architectural and educational stand- 
point, compare favorably with those in the largest cities of our country. 


The Bayonne Public Library came into existence April 8, 1890 
when voters of the city, in an overwhelming majority, decided in favor 
of a library for the city. On August 4th a Library Board was chosen 
in accordance with the State Law. The first Library Board, appointed 
by Mayor Newman was : Joseph H. Wright, Bartholomew R. Cahill, 
William J. Morrison, John H. Bruns, William B. DuBois, the Mayor 
himself and Nathaniel W. Trask, at that time President of the Board 
of Education, being Trustees ex-officio. 

Mrs. Solon Humphreys had started a library a few years previous 
to the establishment of the city library for the workmen at the Hook 



and when the city started the library the books of the Workmen's 
Library were given to it. Thomas J. Parker, who was President of 
the Workmen's Library became afterwards a trustee of the City 

Andrew Carnegie presented Bayonne with $50,000. for a Public 
Library in April of 1903. The site for this building had previously 
been selected on Avenue C and 31st Street and work was started in the 
Fall of that year. 

An addition to the Public Library was completed in 1933 at a cost 
of $300,000. Mary Peters, head Librarian, has been connected with 
the library for nearly 32 years. She announced at that time that the 
circulation of books for the year was 680,618. 

Miss Peters attended the public, high and the Normal Schools of 
New Jersey, the University of Pennsylvania, Amherst and the New 
Jersey Public Library Commission Library schools. She taught eight 
and one-half years in the public schools of the state. Leaving the 
teaching profession, she reorganized several libraries, and later was 
appointed librarian of the Bayonne Public Library. 

Miss Peters then entered into the professional life of the library 
profession, being an active member in three state, two special and 
one national library associations ; for eight years was treasurer of the 
New Jersey Library Association, also president of the Library Works' 
Association for two terms, officially visited libraries and library con- 
ferences throughout this country and abroad. Entering the life of the 
community, Miss Peters served as president of the Woman's Club, 
Athena Club, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Y.W.C.A., 
of the Girl Scouts, Secretary of the Hudson County Tuberculosis 
League, Chairman of the International Institute, and Secretary of the 
Salvation Army Advisory Board and at the present time is one of the 
officers of the Ex-President's Club of the New Jersey State Federation 
of Woman's Clubs. During the war, Miss Peters was active on numer- 
ous boards and committees, representing the American Library As- 
sociation in the United War Work Drive. Miss Peters belongs to 
numerous organizations in the state, including historical societies, 
country clubs, etc. 



1812 TO 1940 

Bayonne As An Industrial City. 

Prior to and during the Civil War Bayonne was the Newport, the 
Atlantic City of the East, ranking with all the others as the most 
fashionable and popular resort and fashion center of the East. 

But nature had done a great thing for our City. Fine waters, rugged 
coast line, accessibility to water and to the great metropolis presented 
an irresistible lure to industry. Accordingly the great companies, the 
leading industries of the nation found their way to Bayonne where fac- 
tory after factory sprang into existence. Bayonne became a city of 
beating hammers of industry, whirling wheels of machinery and quiv- 
ering needles of trade. Thousands upon thousands of laboring people 
followed industry. Population grew by leaps and bounds. And we 
have the Bayonne of today. Before, it was a quiet and peaceful retreat 
and rendezvous for leisure and plenty ; today it is a busy crossroads of 

The Hazard Powder House was located at Allen's Point, Con- 
stable Hook in 1812 and according to the records, it was the first 
manufacturing concern in this locality. It supplied great quantities of 
gun powder to ships and to Fort Jay on Governor's Island and forts on 
Ellis and Bedloe Islands. After the building was discarded as a fac- 
tory it was used for prize-fights, dog fights and general like sports. 

Prior to 1848 the Bergen Point Copper Works was established and 
White's Sulphur Works located in the city in 1850. These industries 
preceded the oil industry by nearly twenty-five years. 

Louis Cohn's Ship Chandlery Shop was located on Twenty-second 
Street and Avenue I and it was torn down later for Standard Oil 

The advent of the oil refineries stimulated Bayonne as a shipping- 
center. The first plant was that of the Prentice Refining Company. 
This was established on Constable Hook in 1875. 

In 1876 Lombard & Ayers established a plant at the Hook and 
about ten years later sold out to the Tide Water Oil Company. 




The Standard Oil Company erected an oil refinery on Constable 
Hook in June 1877 and on May 30, 1887 took over the Prentice Re- 
fining Company. Soon thereafter the longest oil pipe line in the world 
was put down from Bayonne to Oklahoma and Texas. From that be- 
ginning Bayonne has become a great oil centre with city proportions. 
Many ships come into their docks daily and millions of gallons of gas- 
oline, oil and derivative products are shipped to all parts of the world. 

The 2,200 inflammable acres of stills, cracking units and storage 
tanks at Bayonne and Bay way are the first glimpse that the immigrant 
entering New York harbor receives of American Industry. 

In 19 1 3 the Standard Oil Plant shipped 2,608,660 tons of oil and 
oil products by water. There were received into this plant by water 
797,240 tons making a total amount of business done by water over 
their docks 3,405,907 tons. This does not include the materials used in 
the preparation of oil and oil products, such as tinplate, boxes, steel 
pipe machinery, etc. 

The plant is equipped with four large docks capable of handling the 
largest commercial vessels in the world. Fifteen large ships can be 
accommodated at these docks at one time. To do this large business 
496 ship loads were received and sent out, 410 being loaded and 86 
brought in, laden with oil, 293 barges, oil laden, were also received 
and 1,704 barges, an average of six a clay, released. The ships and 
barges vary from a capacity of 3,000 to a capacity of 15,060 tons. 
They go to all parts of the world, many cargoes reaching the far in- 
terior of China, the Pacific Ocean and interior of Africa, Australia, 
South America, Scandinavia and as far north as the Arctic Circle. Just 
how well the company looks after its employees and their interests may 
be gleaned from the fact that it maintains a private hospital and a corps 
of physicians and surgeons with every modern convenience for the 
treatment of the sick and first aid to the injured. Also a pension sys- 
tem has been introduced by which a person having worked for the 
company for twenty years and having reached the age of 60 years is 
entitled to retirement on half pay for the remainder of his life. The 
men are employed on eight hour basis, day and night shifts, the shifts 
being so arranged that a man on nights gets on to day work every third 
week, and no man works over six days without a day of rest. 

The health and welfare of the men when inside the plant are looked 
after in a most careful manner and in this respect it is one of the safest 



industries in the country. George Mettam is the General Manager of 
the Bayonne plant. 


During the Standard Oil strike in 191 5, the New York Times car- 
ried the following headline, ''Standard Oil's Aliens Strike." The 
walkout started in mid-July when nine hunded coopers quit the barrel 
department. A day or two later, the still-cleaners joined them, 6,000 
men walking out at the Standard Oil Plant and 2,000 more at the Tide- 
water Refinery. Wages were at the top of the list of grievances. The 
barrel-makers had been earning $3.40 a day, while the still-cleaners 
enjoyed a wage of $1.75. 

Mayor Pierre Garven, a Fink executive, who acted as a Tidewater 
attorney even while he occupied the mayor's chair, advised the com- 
panies to import armed guards. John Ryan, a renegade union man em- 
ployed as a pumpman by the Standard Oil, was the informant for Ber- 
goff, the strike-breaker, called the "Red Demon." On the basis of his 
reports, Bergoff received an order for five undercover men. The 
workers, however, were making no secret of their dissatisfaction and 
when Bergoff* came to George B. Gifford, General Manager of the 
Standard Oil Refinery, he had nothing new to impart. 

"Get me two hundred and fifty husky men who can swing clubs," 
Gifford told Bergoff. "If that's not enough, get a thousand or two 
thousand. I want them to march up East 22nd Street through the 
guts of Polacks." 

East 22nd Street wound up at the fences and gates of both plants. 
Here the strikers gathered for their picketing. Gifford's plan to 
march the guards "through the guts of Polacks" was abandoned, it 
seems, for the nobles were shipped on covered barges from New York 
City to the bay entrances of the plants. First the rifles and ammuni- 
tion were shipped in, making arsenals which, according to the Bayonne 
Times, would suffice for a month of warfare. Waddell and Leo 
Bergoff were in charge of the distribution of the nobles. Jack Eller 
was made Captain of the Guard at the Tidewater Plant, while Jew 
Stoney was given command over Standard Oil nobles. Several of 
the nobles who had taken part in the Roosevelt, New Jersey, shooting 
early in the year were among the guards. According to John J. 
Rigney, detective in charge of the Bayonne Police Department's Bu- 
reau of Identification, the guards included also a number of drug 



addicts, "who were eager for the chance to fire their guns." The 
United States Commission on Industrial Relations said that even 
Alexander Simpson, attorney for Bergoff, had "referred to the guards 
as a lot of thugs" and the commission added, "Their appearance amply 
justified his use of the term." 

The Bergoff guardsmen appeared on East 22nd Street on the 
evening of July 20th. One striker was slugged on the head. In the 
first disturbances, the police of Bayonne were also on hand. Police In- 
spector, Daniel Cady, seated in a buggy, charged a strikers' meeting 
and shot and killed a young striker, John Starachak, according to the 
findings of a coroner's jury. Seven were wounded by police fire. Then 
came the Bergoff nobles, and the police retired. 

The guards were heavily armed and instructed to use their own 
judgment. Early on July 21st they sallied forth to clean East 22nd 
Street of strikers. The killing of Starachak and the slugging of the 
striker had left the strikers in no mood to give way. With bricks and 
stones and a dozen old revolvers, they forced the guards back into the 
plant. At 10 A. M. one hundred of the nobles, Winchesters in their 
hands, began the attack again; and again they were driven back. 
Fifteen of them ran into the plant of the Tidewater Company while an- 
other party led by one-armed Bush, took refuge in a firehouse. They 
left twelve wounded strikers in the streets. A mob intent on revenge 
surrounded the fire-house, and permitted the guards to leave only after 
Sheriff Kinkead had arrived from Jersey City and placed them under 
arrest for their attack on the strikers. 

From July 22nd on, the nobles did their fighting from behind walls 
that surrounded the plants. They sniped at strikers, poured shots into 
windows and walls of homes opposite the plants, tried to shoot Kinkead 
and did kill three strikers. Soon after eight o'clock on the 22nd, Tony 
Bedlarski was walking on a dirt embankment that rose near the stock- 
ade wall of the Standard Oil Plant. A shot came from within, and he 
rolled down the incline, a bullet in his left side. The strikers saw 
this incident and, as the New York Times said "realized the attack 
had been unprovoked." Led by John Surgen, a former Austrian war 
veteran, two hundred strikers rushed to hurl stones and sticks over the 
parapet whence came volleys of gunshot. Surgen was wounded and 
died later. Bullets rained into the upper stories of tenements across 
the street from the plant. Newspaper reporters endangered their lives 
by binding up the wounded and rushing them off in trucks. Again 
Kinkead intervened. 



Shortly after, gunfire sputtered again from the Tidewater Plant, 
aimed at a group of boys gathered on 22nd Street. As Kinkead urged 
the boys to leave, he turned and saw a guard inside the plant with 
a gun leveled at him. Kinkead dodged, but the shot took effect, killing 
Vasil Merozekow. The boys and strikers retreated in haste and hid 
behind buildings. While peering out from behind Mydosh's Hall 
Mikolay Ewoski was killed by a sniper. Others in the Bergoff sharp- 
shooters fired at newspaper men. One shot pierced the hat of a re- 
porter, though he bore not the slightest resemblance to the strikers. 
Kinkead, meanwhile, had telephoned the Tidewater office and demanded 
that the shooting cease. His order was ignored and sniping continued 
until interrupted by a downpour of rain. When the rain slackened, an 
oil fire started in a swamp near the Tidewater Plant and crowds of 
men, women and children rushed to watch the engines at work. The 
Bergoff nobles poured a volley of shots into the crowd and then called 
it a day. 

On the 24th of July, the nobles at the Tidewater Plant under 
command of Captain Jack Eller, sniped all night at the buildings across 
the street, and tried to pick off strikers who ventured to stand in front 
of Mydosh's Hall. Powerful searchlights from the plants flashed on 
the streets, roofs and huge oil tanks to pick out possible targets. The 
light in front of the union hall was smashed by a well-aimed shot. 
Bergoff, in hushed tones of admiration, said that the best of his sharp- 
shooters was Speiser, alias Stoney, who, according to the Red Demon, 
was responsible for two of the four deaths. 

The work of the Bergoff guards served but to intensify the strike, 
and on the fifth day chances of breaking the walkout were iarther away 
than ever. Sheriff Kinkead now outlined a new plan — one which the 
companies were forced to adopt, and Bergoff was compelled to accept. 

The central figure in the new strategy was to be Kinkead, a young, 
tall and handsome Irishman. A former Congressman, had built up a 
reputation as a friend of labor. He was an erratic but effective orator, 
as impressive to the Polish strikers who did not understand him as he 
was to others who could comprehend his language. He had made a 
show of friendship for the strikers by his arrest (and rescue) of the 
guards trapped in the firehouse, and by demanding that the Tidewater 
guards cease their shooting. Now he was entrusted with the task 
Bergoff had failed to accomplish. With great dramatic skill, he went 
to work. 

The Sheriff of Hudson County went to the Standard Oil stockade 



and with loud oaths arrested the Red Demon, and eight of his nobles, 
including Stoney. Piling them into a patrol wagon, the Sheriff then 
went to the Tidewater plant, where he took Captain Eller, Supt. Samuel 
H. Edwards and eighteen guards into custody on charges of inciting to 
riot. With the newspapermen at his heels — they had been informed 
hours before of the Sheriff's plan of action — he denounced ''paid 
assassins in the employ of big business" and said their period of service 
in Bayonne was at an end. Two days later, Kinkead arrested one 
hundred more of the Bergoff nobles and denounced them as "gunmen" 
and "assassins." He promised they would be prosecuted for murder. 

Having won the confidence of the strikers, Kinkead proceeded to 
demoralize them. First he attacked their leaders, Frank Tannen- 
baum, an I. W. W. member, and Jeremiah Baly, a young Socialist 
from Elizabeth, N. J. The Sheriff and his deputies, whom he had 
sworn in willy-nilly throughout the city, carried Baly to the yard of 
the Standard Oil Company and beat him so badly he was laid up for 
weeks. Both Baly and Tannenbaum were thrown into jail, one as an 
intruder and a Socialist, the other as an I. W. W. agitator. Kinkead 
then tried to capture a strike meeting. When he was defeated by a 
show of hands, he split the meeting into factions and forced the strike 
committee to resign. He promised that the companies would give some 
measure of increased pay. 

Having jailed the strike leaders, split their ranks and sworn in 
hundreds of local deputies, Kinkead announced that the strike was over 
and the plants would be opened on the morrow. The next morning he 
appeared on East 22nd Street hatless, coatless and without collar or tie. 
He had planned his theatrics to the last act. The first two strikers who 
appeared were hesitant about entering the plant. They were seized 
and kicked by Kinkead, and thrown headlong into his car, which then 
raced off while hundreds of astonished strikers looked on. In ten 
minutes Kinkead was back on the scene, shouting to the strikers, as 
they returned to work, his promises to prosecute the armed guards. 

The conservative newspapers of the entire nation gloried in Kin- 
kead's direct action. They had hailed him as "The Mad Sheriff" and 
proposed him as a fitting candidate for Governor of New Jersey and 
even as presidential timber. 

Bergoff, Fink Mayor Garven, the courts and the oil companies gave 
Kinkead complete cooperation. Under the circumstances it would not 
have been wise to release the arrested guards at once. Several Bayonne 
officials and the Red Demon, in conference at Police Headquarters, 



decided to play the tragi-comedy a while longer. But the hundred and 
thirty-one nobles were beginning to resent their imprisonment. Bergoff 
and the oil companies had refused to furnish bail for them. 

While Recorder William J. Cain said, "there is evidence here of 
murder and I can see no reason why the charge should not be changed 
to that effect," one hundred and twenty-one nobles were released on 
their own recognizance and left the city. Ten were held for the grand 
jury on charges of inciting to riot. They included Captains of the 
guard Eller and Stoney. Though Bergoff compelled, under the circum- 
stances, to play the part of the sacrificial lamb and endure the tongue- 
in cheek denunciation of Kinkead and Mayor Garven, the remaining 
nobles were unwilling to stay in jail, and were finally admitted to bail. 

Soon after the arraignments, a coroner's jury met. It found Police 
Inspector Cady responsible for the killing of Staranchak. Peter Blake- 
lee was identified by a witness as one of five guards who had fired 
shots which caused two of the deaths. When the jury reconvened to 
consider the deaths of Mikolay Ewoski and Vasil Merozekow, five per- 
sons testified that the fatal shots had come from the Tidewater plant. 
Fred Smart, a boy employed by the Tidewater Company to keep watch 
for fires in the plant, testified that he heard Superintendent Edwards 
give the orders to shoot. The coroner's jury came to the conclusion 
that the two had been "killed by persons unknown." At the end of 
September a new grand jury was sworn in and received the cases of the 
ten guards. Justice Swayze instructed the jury that the parties re- 
sponsible for the deaths were to be indicted for murder — "unless the 
facts justified their acts." The grand jury duly inquired into the facts 
and wound up its affairs with no indictments. 

Meanwhile, Bayonne's upper strata had become a happy family 
again. Simpson was urging Kinkead for governor, and Mayor Garven, 
as counsel for Bergoff and the Tidewater Oil Company, successfully 
fought a suit for $100,000 brought by the widow of John Surgen, an- 
other of the slain strikers. Long before this the Rockefellers had 
washed their hands of any responsibility by stating that neither of them 
had any connection with the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey 
except as owners of its stock. 

When the United States Commission on Industrial Relations 
studied the findings of its investigators, George P. West and C. L. 
Chenery, the pulses of its chairman and a majority of its members beat 
fast. They made public a report which branded the guards as criminals, 
a statement which was predicated in part on direct word from Waddell. 


BAYONNE old and new 

"Waddell, the most experienced member of the firm," said the re-= 
port, "admitted that he has no prejudice against ex-convicts, but, on the 
contrary, finds many of them particularly valuable for the work in 

The commission's investigators underscored Simpson's description 
of the men he was defending as a "lot of thugs." "Most of them are 
recruited from the scum and dregs of the city," said the United States 
Commission. The riots, they said, had been caused by the arrival of 
the strikebreakers. The strikers, it was found, "had armed themselves 
with cheap and ineffectual revolvers which they futilely returned the 
deadly fire of the Winchesters." Kinkead's full course of conduct, 
Chairman Walsh said, had "the cordial approval of the Standard Oil 
officials." The Sheriff broke the strike when he "overawed and dis- 
couraged the strikers by assaulting their leaders." His attack on Baly 
was not the one, swift punch reported in the newspapers, but a "vicious 
beating" administered when the youthful strike leader was in no posi- 
tion to defend himself or strike back. For the labor policy of the 
Standard Oil Company the commission had unmeasured disapproval. 
The ending of the strike "was a complete victory of the Standard 
Oil Company as to its vital policies." 

During the strike, one of the detective agencies in New York fur- 
nished for the protection of the Tidewater Oil Company's plant, men 
who were so vicious and unreliable that the officials of the company 
themselves said that their presence was sufficient to incite a riot. These 
men shot without provocation at anyone or everyone who came within 
sight and the killing of at least three strikers in Bayonne and the 
wounding of many more was directly chargeable to these guards. 

The winter of 1916 brought a new oil strike to Bayonne and there 
was more killing and bloodshed. Bergoff Bros. & Waddell, however, 
were not called upon for their "expert" services. 

The 19 1 6 strike brought Bergoff a changed situation in Bayonne. 
He was erecting the Bergoff Building at the time, and employing union 
labor, in complete disregard of the prescription he had always written 
for his clients. But his employment of union men made no difference 
to the oil workers. He was building just at the border line of the 
foreign quarter, and a report got about and persisted that the Red 
Demon was supplying guards in the T916 strike as he had done a year 
before. Crowds of strikers menaced construction on his building. 
Ignobly he was forced to insert a full-page advertisement in the Bay- 
onne Times avowing that he had no connection whatever with the cur- 



rent disturbances at the oil refineries. When the strikers refused to be 
convinced, the Red Demon was compelled to plead for police protec- 
tion. Police were placed at the Bergoff house, as well as on the site of 
the Bergoff building, but their presence was of no avail. The strikers 
persisted in flocking about the construction in menacing numbers until 
Bergoff was forced to discontinue work. 

After the 1916 strike was over, the Bergoff Building was completed. 
The letters "F.L.B." were duly chisled on eleven slabs of marble and 
filled in with gold leaf. But instead of puffing with pride at the 
thought of having "the largest building in Hudson County*' within 
their fair city, the larger part of the populace took the name of Bergoff 
in vain — it became a perpetual byword, cause for scorn and profanity. 
Finally, Bergoff left what was to be a monument to his boasted, if 
vain, achievements. A cowed and probably wiser man, he left Bayonne 
to the pleasure of all. 


The Tide Water Oil Company of Bayonne has played a very im- 
portant part in the development and expansion of the city since its 
organization in 1878. As it stands today it is a monument to that 
courage and perseverance which has marked the progress of the petro- 
leum business in Bayonne. The company derives its name from the 
fact that its founders were the first to conceive the plan of piping crude 
from the interior to tide water. 

The Tide Water Oil Company pioneer six-inch trunk line from 
Pennsylvania for the transportation of crude petroleum was started in 
January 1879 and was the first to cross the Alleghanies and on May 
23, 1887, after eight years of continuous righting, against competitors, 
railroads and every conceivable obstacle the completed line reached 
Bayonne. This underground system has been developed to such an ex- 
tent that by this means there was delivered into the Company's ter- 
minius in Bayonne 10,000 to 11,000 barrels of crude oil every twenty- 
four hours during the year 1916. (In 1859 the world's output of 
crude oil was only 1,977 barrels for the whole year.) 

The great storage tanks, stills, filters, steam plants, coal bunkers, 
laboratories and workshops of the company employed in storing the 
crude oil and finishing the different products occupy more than 122 
acres of land. The various parts of the works are connected by an in- 
dustrial railway eight miles in length where, three switch engines and 



two locomotive cranes are required to handle the freight on the four 
miles of standard gauge track within the limits of the plant. 

The property of the company includes more than one and one-half 
miles of water front, included in which are the private docks, capable 
of accommodating five or six ocean-going steamers drawing thirty 
feet of water, from which a large percentage of the finished product is 
shipped to every corner of the inhabited globe. 

It would require more than a day to walk through and visit each 
part of the refinery at Bayonne. It would take many days to follow 
out the various complicated processes whereby the petroleum from its 
crude state is transformed into the more than 350 different products 
with which all civilization is familiar and in the producing of which a 
permanent army of over 1,800 workers are daily employed. 

In 19 1 6 there were 500 steel tanks with an aggregate capacity of 
1,500,000 barrels. These tanks are required to store the crude oil, the 
oils in process and the finished product. The steam plant, which fur- 
nishes the power for the works and the steam used in distillation, has a 
capacity of 5,400 horsepower. This plant and the oil stills consume 
about 150,000 tons of fuel a year. The great pumping plant is capable 
of drawing each day from the bay 40,000,000 gallons of water, for 
use in the cooling condensers and in case of fire. 

The refrigerating plant is equivalent to that required to make 300 
tons of ice a day. The barrel factory turns out 3,000 hardwood oil 
barrels a clay. The testing laboratory is devoted mainly to testing and 
experimenting with automobile lubricating oils. By the means of 
many ingenious machines with which it is equipped, every condition of 
use for all standard types of motors is accurately ascertained. The 
laboratories, where all products are tested through various stages of 
refining and also just before shipment, are equipped with every device 
known to modern science and in charge of chemists and engineers of 
international reputation to insure their quality and uniformity. 

The location of this great plant on New York harbor has played 
an important part in its success and has justified the efforts of its 
founders incident to reaching tide water by bringing the markets of 
the world within its reach. 

In Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, on the Equator, within the 
Arctic Circle, wherever man lias knowledge of the comforts and con- 
veniences of civilization, some of the manufactured products of the 
Tide Water Oil Company are found. 

On April 20, 1939 the Tide Water Associated Oil Company pur- 


1. Foot of West 38th Street near Newark Day. Taken in 1910 by John H. Dow. 

2. Completing "Inaugural" Journey from Mt. Vernon, Denys Wortman, New York 
cartoonist, in role of Washington, on trip of 150 years ago, arriving at Dattery, 
New York. 

3. Dayonne Dridge. 

1. Mt. Carmel School (by courtesy of Rev. Anthony Tralka). 

5. Dr. George W. Mellor with his flag (courtesy of Bayonne Times). 


chased property on Old Hook Road, Central Avenue and East 22nd 
Street which will be used for the refinery plant purposes of the Com- 
pany. Elizabeth Cummings of Jersey City was the seller and the title 
to the property was insured by the New Jersey Realty Title Insurance 
Company of Newark. The company is planning a $15,000 addition 
to its present boiler house. The Bayonne plant is in charge of Mr. H. 
S. Chase. 


The Bayonne Chemical Works was built in 1879 at the instance 
of Martin Kalbfleisch's Sons at that time a prominent firm in the 
chemical business in New York. They bought for that purpose the 
old Van Buskirk Farm. The company began in a small way with 
an output of 30 tons of oil of Vitrol per day which it soon increased to 
60 tons and by 1899 to 100 tons. In addition to Sulphuric Acid the 
following acids and chemicals were manufactured in volume ; Muriatic 
Acid, Nitric Acid, Mixed Acid, Aqua Ammonia, Concentrated Am- 
moniacal Liquor, Sulphate of Ammonia, Muriate of Ammonia, Potash 
Alum, Aluminus Cake, Sulphate of Soda, Tin Crystals, Zinc Chloride, 
Magnesium Choloride and some minor chemicals. The first production 
of Alum commercially from Aluminite obtained from Italy was made 
at these Works. 

This very interesting mineral is now found in the west, and may be 
a source of Potash as well as Aluminum Salts. The Zinc Chloride, 
which burnetized the ties of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the 
alkali desert through which their tracks pass, was made at these Works. 
Some of these ties are in use today. The failure of Martin Kalbfleisch's 
sons in 1886, did not injure this company. The company, through its 
treasurer, and with the financial assistance of Mr. Alexander Gilbert, 
then cashier of the Market & Fulton National Bank, successfully 
financed the company through all the period of the firm's receivership. 
Later on, through the able management of Mr. Charles Robinson 
Smith, who incorporated the Martin Kalbfleisch Chemical Company, 
this company continued successfully in operation up to its absorption 
by the Martin Kalbfleisch Chemical Company. By the company, the 
plant was thoroughly modernized in accordance with the chemical 
knowledge of the day. About 1889 or 1890 Mr. T. J. Parker was 
made President of the Bayonne Chemical Company and continued in 
active charge of the manufacturing operations until 1896 when he be- 
came connected with the business end in New York. 



In 1899 when the General Chemical Company, a New York Cor- 
poration, whose offices were at 25 Broad Street, New York City was 
formed, the Bayonne Chemical Works was one of the properties taken 
over directly by it. Since that date the works have been practically 
rebuilt from top to bottom and greatly enlarged and a variety of addi- 
tional chemical products have been added to the manufacturing cap- 
acity. This plant, now as it always has done, forms an important ele- 
ment in the manufacturing life of New York harbor and the Metro- 
politan district. 1 1 

clark's iron foundry 

Clark's Iron Foundry was founded in 1888 by William Mortimer 
Clark. Moulding, range castings, manhole covers for the city, grates 
for steamers, etc. are manufactured. After the death of William M. 
Clark, his son, William Mortimer Clark, Jr. took over the Foundry and 
it is still running today at 79 West Forty-fourth Street. The father 
of the founder of the concern cast the first plow in Gilbertsville, N. Y. 


The Babcock & Wilcox Company started construction work on 
their Bayonne works in 1899 with Mr. S. J. Harwi as the Construction 
Engineer who had entire charge of building the Babcock & Wilcox 
Plant. The Plant was placed in operation on January 1, 1901, and 
Mr. Harwi had charge of the Marine Department. Prior to that time 
the plant of the Company was located in Elizabethport, N. J. When 
originally built, the Bayonne plant consisted of forge, drum 
and machine shops, stock and power plant buildings. The increased 
demand for the products of this company necessitated the doubling of 
the forge, drum and machine shops and stock and power plant buildings 
and the building of new pattern, foundry, marine boiler and office 
buildings. In 1916 the plant covered 47 acres of which floor space in 
all buildings amounted to approximately 13 acres. One of the interest- 
ing features of the plant was a fully equipped athletic field for the use 
of Babcock & Wilcox employees. The first B. & W. boiler was built 
in 1868. The present company was formed in 188 1 and up to 19 16, 
19,000,000 horsepower boiler power had been installed in all parts of 
the world! Of this over 3,500,000 horsepower had been installed in 
the merchant marine service in the different navies. Approximately 
1,000 men were employed in the Bayonne works. The general offices 



of the company are located at 85 Liberty Street in New York City. A 
few years ago the works left Bayonne for Barberton, Ohio. 


The Electro Dynamic Motor Company at North Street and Avenue 
A is furnishing auxiliary motors for practically every ship now in the 
course of construction for the navy and is well equipped to handle 
Navy specifications. So carefully are the motors constructed that they 
may remain in the blueprint state for as long as two years before they 
get the final O. K. Blueprints travel back and forth between Bayonne, 
the shipyard where the vessels involved are under construction, and 
the Navy Department in Washington for many months before a tap 
of work is done on the actual motor itself. Checking, rechecking, 
criticism and counter criticism over a long period of time make certain 
that the equipment will do the work required of it and that it will be 
sturdy and dependable. 

When the United States aircraft carrier Wasp, launched at Quincy, 
Mass. joined the battle fleet, she was fitted with a full complement of 
electric motors designed to perform practically every kind of work 
necessary on the big ship. These motors, 282 of them, were all built by 
this local concern. The motors supplied for the Wasp range from 
one horsepower to 450 horsepower, each ready to do a special job and 
do it with maximum efficiency. This firm has been in Bayonne since 
the turn of the century, completing its sixtieth year of growth. It is 
the oldest electric motor company under one name in the country. 

Located in Philadelphia, prior to 1900, the concern moved here after 
a disastrous fire in the Pennsylvania city. The Bayonne concern is a 
branch of a parent company, the Electric Boat Company of Groton, 
Conn. The Elco Boat Works manufacturers of small boats, also a 
Bayonne industry, is another branch of the parent company. The 
Electric Boat Company builds submarines and has eight under sea 
boats in construction at Groton at the present time. In this connection, 
it is interesting to learn that the motors for the first successful electric 
motor-driven submarine were built in Bayonne by the Electro Dynamic 
Motor Co. This concern has supplied the motors for more than 200 
American and foreign submarines. Other achievements of this local 
industry include the development of the first interpole electric motor, 
which revolutionizes adjustable speed motors ; and the first ball-bearing 
type of electric motor. The ballbearing type, pioneered by the Bayonne 



concern is an anti-friction motor which requires less lubrication than 
the regular sleeve-bearing motors. Specimens of early models of both 
of these motors are on display in the Ford Museum. 

Electrical motors for the America, sister ship of the steamships 
Manhattan and Washington, now under construction at Newport 
News, Va. will be supplied by the E lectric Dynamic Motor Company 
as will all electric motors used in the construction of the new Maritime 
Commission fleet of ships, known as the C-2 and C-3 types. 

The plants of the two concerns, Elco and Electric Dynamic, cover 
some eight or ten acres with frontage on Newark Bay and branch 
railroad spurs provide adequate shipping facilities. In late 1939 a 
$5,000,000 contract for building a mosquito fleet of twenty-three 
motor torpedo boats and submarine chasers for the United States 
Navy was awarded the Electro Boat Company of which the Elco is a 
subsidiary. On December 11, 1939 the Elco started plans for a one 
story brick and steel boat building. In the plans there is also an office 
building two stories in height. The Elco has an all year-round show- 
room at Park Avenue and Forty-sixth Street, New York City. 

Howard Johnson, noted restaurant owner recently purchased a 
$40,000. 57-foot yacht and Major Edward Bowes, of the radio, is hav- 
ing a boat built at the Elco Plant. New appointments recently made 
at the plant are Irwin Chase, General Manager of the Elco Works has 
been elevated to managing constructor in charge of both the cruiser 
works and the new naval plant. Mr. Chase has been with the Bayonne 
Plant thirty-five years. Mr. Preston L. Sutphen has been named gen- 
eral manager of the plant while still retaining his position as sale man- 
ager for Elco cruisers. Glenn S. Tremaine, naval architect, has been 
appointed to the position of works manager. Harry Curtis is head of 
the New York Showroom, Port Elco, and Charles Case is in charge of 
the new Florida headquarters, Port Elco-Miami located at the Miami 
Beach end of the Venetian Causeway. 

The new addition to the plant is expected to start this Spring and 
with this addition the Elco Works in Bayonne will be the largest 
plant for wooden boat construction in the world. 


The Bayonne Terminal of the Gulf Refining Company is located 
on Kill van Kull, east of Ingram Avenue and comprises 13 J/2 acres. 
The property was formerly owned by the Gunthers of New York and 



was favored for the beauty of its location, its large homestead, and an 
orchard of the very choicest fruit trees. The homestead still stands, 
its exterior little changed from old days but the interior has been 
altered to suit the purposes of an office and within the firebanks that 
surround several of the large oil tanks, still may be seen a tree or two 
of the old orchard. 

The Gulf Refining Company started to build on the property dur- 
ing the early part of 1901 and from the few tanks and buildings of 
that day, the plant has expanded to its present importation position as 
one of the larger industries of the city. The wisdom shown in the 
selection of this location for a terminal is today proven in many ways. 
The deep waterway directly up to the wharf permits the larger ships 
of the Gulf fleet to dock at any stage of the tide for the discharge of 
their cargoes of oils from the refinery at Port Arthur, Texas; the 
handling of the freight in and out of the plant by barges and the 
lighters and the fact that the location is within the New York free 
lighterage limits gives the advantage of New York freight rates with- 
out the cramping and congestion consequent upon a location in that 
city. The important waterway, Kill van Kull, in conjunction with the 
four spurs of track running into and through the plant, makes its loca- 
tion from a shipping point ideal. 


The nature of the business of The Safety Insulated Wire and 
Cable Company is stated in the Company name. The concern was 
founded in 1888 and for 14 years its operations were conducted in a 
factory in New York City. In 1902, however, the business had grown 
to an extent which demanded larger space and the plant was moved to 
Bayonne. The present property at First Street and Avenue A was 
acquired and two buildings erected. As the business of the company 
grew, new buildings were added until the present factory includes 
over twenty buildings. In connection with its plant, the Safety Com- 
pany owns and operates the Bayonne Terminal Railway and the 
Bayonne and New Haven Transportation Company for the better 
handling of its output by land and water. The Safety line includes 
everything in the way of insulated conductors for electrical transmis- 
sion — from the smallest telephone wire to the largest lead-encased 
power cable and the longest submarine telegraph cable. The United 
States Government in its various departments is among the largest 



users of Safety products, the Army Signal Corps alone having used 
between five and ten thousand miles of deep sea submarine cable, in- 
cluded in which is over a thousand miles laid between Seattle and Sitka, 
Alaska. A large percentage of the ships of the Navy are equipped en- 
tirely with Safety Wire and cable. The cable used in submarine 
mining operations, and for firing and controlling the guns and search- 
lights in fortifications by the Coast Artillery, has also been largely the 
product of the Company's plant at Bayonne. A notable achievement 
of the company and one not heretofore attempted by any American 
manufacturer, was the making and laying of a submarine cable six 
hundred miles long for the Mexican Government which has now been 
successfully operating for a period of many years. 


In the year 1902 the Schwarzenbach-Huber Company found the 
West Hoboken Plant inadequate to cope with the increasing business 
of their firm and were thus induced to entertain the establishment of 
an auxiliary plant. Their eyes focused on the factory of the Under- 
wood Typewriter Company in this city and after a five years' lease had 
been effected, with the option to buy, the Schwarzenbach-Huber Com- 
pany began operations on March 1st of the same year. Orginally the 
company planned merely to utilize a part of the rented building for 
their own purposes with a limited number of hands, and to rent out the 
other part. But within a short time after opening the factory appli- 
cations for work were so numerous that the company finally decided to 
use the entire building for itself and thus the established winding plant 
developed gradually into a thriving and complete weaving establish- 
ment. Encouraged by this result the firm made use of the option after 
the five years had expired and in the year 1909 decided upon a fur- 
ther enlargement of the plant by a five-story annex, so that the factory 
by 19 1 6 represented a complete unit of 600 looms. Much of the suc- 
cess achieved by the company was due to the foresight and intelligent 
handling of its affairs by the local superintendent, Mrs. G. Albach. 
who opened the factory in 1902 and whose able managership guided 
the same safely through every stage of development to its efficient 
state. This company left town several years ago. The Maiden Form 
Brassiere Co., Inc., now occupies the building. 


In 1904 Dodge & Olcott Company came to the city, the manufac- 
turers of Essential Oils, Oleoresins, Aromatic Chemicals and Kindred 



Products. The plant occupies approximately four acres located at 69 
Avenue A and the business has been going on for 141 years. Mr. 
Charles A. Myers is an officer of the company. 


The Bergen Point Iron Works was incorporated in the latter part 
of 1906 by organizing the principal members of the staff of Augustus 
Smith, Engineer and Contractor of New York into a company to 
carry on the same general line of work in which Mr. Smith had been 
engaged for the preceeding thirteen years. After investigating sites 
all around New York, on the Hackensack Meadows, in Jersey City 
along the Hudson, in Long Island, Brooklyn, Staten Island and along 
the Kills in Bayonne, it was finally decided to locate at the foot of 
West Fifth Street in Bayonne. The company began business in 
February 1907, the first job being a small extension to the Narragan- 
sett Bay Coal Depot. Another early job that created some local in 
terest was the construction of a large Excavating Machine intended for 
railway work in Africa. 

The company has made several improvements in coal handling 
machinery, especially in electrically operated coal excavating machines 
for taking coal out of boats. Another department of the business is 
the construction of sugar factory buildings and many thousands of 
dollars worth of this class work has been exported. Mr. John Frolin 
is an officer. 


About 1906 Mr. William D. Sargent who for many years had 
been identified with the large steel interests of the country and who 
also had been a pioneer in the steel casting industry, conceived the idea 
of establishing a steel foundry at some central point to supply manu- 
facturers in the northeastern states, New York, New Jersey and 
vicinity immediately tributary thereto with their requirements in the 
way of high grade steel castings. All of the sites available for foun- 
dry purposes were inspected and considered and Bayonne was selected 
as it offered such desirable advantages regarding shipping facilities, 
labor and location. Mr. Sargent and his associates then formed the 
Bayonne Steel Casting Company of which he became president and 
Mr. A. E. Williamson, general manager. Operations were commenced 
immediately and the plant was accomplished in record time. Exactly 
three months elapsed between the time it was decided to build in 



Bayonne and the day on which the first heat of steel was poured. The 
foundry was so designated that raw materials were taken from the 
company's own direct connection with the Central Railroad Company 
of New Jersey and passed through the shop in progressive stages. The 
company was so proud of its location on account of its ready access 
to all the railroad and steamship lines and because of its motor truck 
service to the Metropolitan district and other nearby points that for a 
number of years it used the slogan "Note the Location." 


Babcock & Wilcox who employed about 1,500 persons; Barnes 
Lock & Foundry Co. employed 25 ; Bergen Point Chemical Works em- 
ployed 150; Bernard Tucker & Co. (Manufacturers of shirts) em- 
ployed 70; Blackman & Treeman, Cap Mfgrs. employed 10; Alfred 
Booth & Bro. Mill Products employed 18; Bressler Bros. Mfgrs. of 
Men's Coats employed 100; Brooks Bros. (Wrappers) employed 17; 
James Brady, Cement & Plaster, employed 20; Columbia Oil, Re- 
fineries of Oil, employed 60 ; William M. Clark, Iron & Brass Cast- 
ings employed 12; Dodge & Olcott, Drugs, employed 60; Electric 
Launch Works, Electric motorboats, employed 85 ; Electric Dynamic 
Company employed 95; General Chemical Company employed 176; 
Goubert Manufacturing Co. employed 22; Herman Bros. Mgfrs. of 
Hats & Caps employed 35; Holland Torpedo Boat Co., Builders of 
Submarines employed 25 ; Max Levin, Shirt Mfgrs. employed 25 ; Ox- 
ford Copper, Refineries of Copper & Nickel, employed 650; Pacific 
Coast Borax Co. employed 100; R. G. Packard & Co. employed 112; 
Jos. Replan & Bros, employed 50; Safety Insulated Wire Cable Co. 
employed 500; Schwarzenbach-Huber Co. employed 350; Standard 
Oil Company employed 3,250; Tidewater Oil Co. employed 1,005; 
William Wiggins employed 6. 

The H. F. Taintor Manufacturing Company commenced business 
around 1881 and came to Bayonne in 1908 and located at First Street 
near Lexington Avenue where a modern and spacious plant was laid 
out and a pier built, suitable for the accommodation of ocean vessels. 
The latter brought chalk and cliffstone from England and discharged 
their cargoes into the company's cars on the wharf, whence it was run 
into the storage sheds and used in the manufacture of Whiting and 
Paris White respectively, the chief products of the company, The Bay- 
onne factory covered an area of over 100,000 square feet and was 



located directly on the waterfront. They imported upward of 25,000 
tons of chalk and cliff stone yearly from England by their own process 
refined these raw materials. Their several brands of whiting and 
paris white were well known throughout the United States and ex- 
tensively used by manufacturers of many industries such as rubber, 
linoleum, paints, pottery, china, etc. The company had an office on 
Rector Street, New York City and agents in Detroit, Chicago, St. 
Paul and Kansas City, also representatives in London, England. The 
officers in 1916 were C. M. Tainter, President; Starr Tainter, Vice- 
President and General Manager; Herbert T. Spooner, Secretary and 
Treasurer; Oliver R. Strunck, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer; Walter 
J. Garlick of Bayonne, Superintendent of the factory. This company 
left Bayonne some years ago. 


The Bayonne Supply Company which deals in plumbing, steam and 
mill supplies as a jobber was formed in 1908 and its business grew 
so rapidly that on January 1, 19 14 it became necessary to move into a 
new brick building with a floor space of about 25,000 square feet. 
Since then the company's machinery and other equipment have been 
increased steadily. Twenty people are employed. The President is 
Mr. W. F. Higgins and the Treasurer is G. E. Keenen. 


The Texas Company came to the city between the years 1909 and 
1 9 10 and is located on Avenue A and First Street. This plant is the 
largest of the deep water terminals operated by The Texas Company 
on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Its growth, in common with the 
company's growth in all directions has been amazing. Due to the 
rapidly increasing demands from domestic and foreign oil users for 
Texaco quality and service, the capacity has been increased con- 
tinually to keep the facilities in line with the sale development. 

The Texas Company finds it necessary to keep five refineries going 
to supply the hundreds of distributing stations in this country and the 
requirements of foreign organizations all over the world. Its service 
has been extended into all fields. An aggressive lubrication organi- 
zation has built up a business of great value and high standing in the 
industrial world for Texaco service and the records of Texaco quality 
is being maintained wherever oil is used. 



New vessels are being added to the fleet of boats required to supply 
the export trade and conduct the necessary coastwise supply between 
terminals. For years the oil products from Port Arthur reaching 
Bayonne by its tank steamers have been received with the regularity 
of an express service. 

The Bayonne terminal is typical in its construction and operation 
of the policy which has contributed so much to the success of The 
Texas Company. Permanent concrete construction of buildings, fire- 
proof warehouses, careful and efficient methods of handling and in- 
spection, are in line with the manufacture of high grade petroleum 
products which have made Texaco the mark of quality for oil. Mr. 
E. O. Perkins is a popular officer in the company. 


The Bayonne Casting Company was organized in 1909 by a group 
of eight men all of them either residents or in business in Bayonne 
for the express purposes of producing Monel Metal castings. After 
six months of operation in an experimental plant at East 9th Street, 
the present plant was built at Oak and East Tenth Streets. 

Monel metal is a natural alloy of approximately six per cent nickel, 
twenty-eight per cent copper and five per cent other metals and is 
obtained from mines located in Canada owned and operated by the 
Canadian Copper Company a subsidiary of the International Nickel 
Company who is the sole refiner of Monel metal. The ore is reduced 
to the form of matter at the Canadian smelter and is then shipped to 
the Oxford Works of the International Nickel Company, Bayonne, 
where it is refined. The metal is then ready for conversion into rods, 
forgings, tubes, wire, strip stock, sheets, etc. 

At the time the new plant of The Bayonne Casting Company was 
built, two great Battleships, "Moreno" and "Rivadavia" were being 
constructed in this country for the Argentine Republic and the first 
few months the new plant was devoted principally to the production 
of 12 one-piece propeller wheels of 16,000 lbs. each for these ships. 
Since that time propellers have been cast for ships of the United States 
Navy including the North Dakota and Florida also for a number of 
the Torpedo Boat Destroyers. In addition to propeller wheels, shafts, 
stern bushings, rudders, struts, etc., for marine service, the product of 
The Bayonne Casting Company is used in various parts of the equip- 
ment of battleships and other vessels, such as pump rods, valve seats, 



discs and stems for superheated and high pressure steam, turbine, 
blading, etc. 

The industries to which the Bayonne Casting Company contribute 
are too numerous and varied to be covered in this book. To illustrate 
the variety of applications of Monel Metal, we might mention that 
the vaults in the Morgan Bank Building are trimmed with Monel 
Metal. This metal enters into the construction of many of the high 
grade automobiles manufactured in this country. The transmission 
supports at the Panama Canal are Monel Metal castings of which the 
Bayonne Casting Company furnished upward of 100,000. The valve 
stems in the high pressure fire hydrants in the city of Boston are 
Monel Metal. Kitchens are now being equipped with Monel Metal. 


The J. Edward Ogden Co. whose plant is located at Old Road and 
Center Street with executive offices at 147-9 Cedar Street, New York 
City, was established by its present president, Mr. J. Edward Ogden, 
during the year 1893 and incorporated in New Jersey in 1909. Its 
manufacture consists of freight handling specialties, electric winches, 
power ramps, cargo doors, wharf drops, railroad transfer bridge 
machinery, also equipment for car barns, transfer tables, wheel chang- 
ing hoists, car hoists, turntables and mechanically operated doors. 

Its products have been adopted by practically all of the large 
steamship and transportation companies, by the municipalities of 
New York, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Providence, Seattle, Los 
Angeles, Montreal and other ports, also by the Panana Canal where 
installations are being made having begun (1916) by the Ogden Com- 
pany on Piers at Balboa and Culebra. 

Sebco Products, consisting of Expansion Bolts, Toggle Bolts, Drills 
and a general line of fastening devices handled by hardware stores 
throughout the United States and Canada, are also manufactured in 
its plant at Bayonne, of which Mr. J. C. West is an executive. 


The Nucoa Butter Company originated from an agency estab- 
lished in this country for the sale of vegetable butters manufactured 
in London and sold under the trade names of "Nucoa Butter" and 



The sale of these products in this country reached such a point as 
to make it advantageous to manufacture them here and in 1903 the 
Nucoa Butter Company was incorporated and acquired a plant at 
Soho Park, Belleville, N. J. in which to manufacture the butters. 

Nucoa Butter and Nucoline are vegetable butters made wholly 
from the oil extracted from the cocoanut and highly refined. The re- 
fining process produces the oil perfectly white, and removes from it all 
taste and odor. The process employed is the most scientifically hygenic 
possible, and the oil is naturally sterilized. 

The business grew so rapidly that it soon outgrew the capacity of 
the Soho Park factory, and in 19 10 the company acquired the property 
in the Bergen Point section of Bayonne extending from Avenue A at 
the foot of West 4th Street to Newark Bay. On this property, con- 
sisting of 7J4 acres, a modern plant was erected comprising twenty 

The demand for the product continued to increase and from time 
to time improvements were made to cope with this demand, until today 
the plant has a capacity exceeding by far that of any other similar 
plant, and its appointments are the most up to date possible. 

Late in 191 5 the company introduced into this country a new pro- 
duct called "Nut Margarine." This class of goods is widely known and 
has been highly appreciated for many years in Europe, but heretofore 
was practically unknown in this country. 

In 19 16 the name of the concern became The Best Foods, Inc., and 
in its development absorbed the Fanning Bread and Butter Pickle 
Company and The Hellmann Mayonnaise Company. 

At the present time the plant is producing, in addition to the above 
named products, Hellmann's Mustard, bulk shortening and refined 
edible oils. Best Foods have additional plants in Chicago, San Fran- 
cisco, Dallas, Norfolk and Toronto. The Bayonne plant has just 
completed construction of a new $100,000 research and control 
laboratory. The total personnel at the present time is 300 in Bayonne. 
Officials at the Bayonne plant are : Mr. C. H. Haurand, Plant Mana- 
ger; Mr. T. A. Marshall, Vice-President in charge of manufacturing 
in all plants ; Dr. H. W. Vahlteich, Director of Research ; Mr. G. S. 
Barker, Superintendent ; Mr. P. J. Dingwall, Superintendent ; Mr. F. 
A. Parente, Superintendent; Mr. W. L. Schaub, Superintendent; G. 
Rucker, Personnel Director. 




One of the largest industrial enterprises in the city is the Constable 
Hook plant of the Vacuum Oil Company. This plant, which is for 
the finishing of lubricating products, is one of the largest of its kind in 
the country and is an important shipping point of the Vacuum Oil 
Company, to foreign points. From Bayonne the Vacuum Oil Com- 
pany's" fleet of steamers and other vessels transport Gargoyle Lubri- 
cants to all corners of the globe. 

The Bayonne plant was established in 191 1 and since then the 
rapid growth of the company's plant has necessitated material increases 
in the plant's capacity. It covers seven acres of ground and gives 
employment to more than three hundred men. This company was 
organized in 1866. From its beginning the Vacuum Oil Company has 
specialized in the manufacture, sale and correct application of high 
grade lubricants for all classes of machinery, which accounts for the 
authoritative standing and unquestioned leadership of the company in 
the field of lubrication. 

To this cardinal principle also may be laid the world-wide sale of 
their more than 350 products, of which the best are grouped under the 
Gargoyle Brand, including such specialties as Gargoyle Mobiloils for 
automobile lubrication, Gargoyle Cylinder Oil 600 W for steam cylinder 
lubrication, etc. 

Wherever, throughout the world, lubrication is required, there 
Gargoyle Products will be found. 


The northern factory of the company, the main office of which is 
at 24 Broad Street, New York City, is located at East 22nd Street on 
the tracks of the East Jersey Railway & Terminal Company. The 
Southern Cotton Oil Company is engaged in the business of refining 
cotton seed oil and shipping annually, to all parts of the world about 
a million barrels of edible oils and also other food products from cotton 
seed oil. 

Cotton is raised for two reasons — its fibre and seed. Very little 
was ever done with the seed until about 1870, because few realized 
how valuable it was. From then, on, new uses were discovered and 
the seed became a valuable part of the cotton crop. 

The first methods of extracting and refining the oil were very 
crude and the product suffered accordingly. As the business grew, 



however, better ways were discovered and in 1900 Dr. Wesson, after 
experimenting for years, found a method of refining oil which re- 
tained its valuable food qualities and yet gave to it a very delicate 
flavor. The use of the products obtained from cotton seed is increas- 
ing every year and today the making of these products is one of the 
big industries of the United States. There are various grades of cot- 
ton seed and consequently there are various grades of cotton seed 
oil. Wesson Oil is the highest grade manufactured. It is refined 
by a special process discovered by Dr. Wesson so that when it 
has passed through the refining process it is an oil of such flavor that 
it can be used for the finest salad dressings, the cooking of many foods 
and other uses. For the convenience of those people who like a 
solid shortening, a way has been discovered for hardening Wesson Oil. 
This is known as "Snowdrift" the "Perfect Shortening." 


Babcock & Wilcox Co. water tube steam boilers, etc. employ 1,400; 
Barclay & Co. Soaps and Perfumes employ 55 ; Bayonne Bolt & Nut, 
employ 150; The Bayonne Casting Co. Monel Metal, steel and bronze 
casting employ 35 ; Bergen Point Iron Works, coal and ash handling 
machinery, employ 50; John Boyle & Co., Inc., waterproof cloth can- 
vass employ 18; Centaur Film Co. motion picture films, employ 75; 
Clark's Iron & Brass Foundry, castings employ 12; Columbia Oil Co. 
of N. Y., petroleum products employ 80; Crane Motor Co., auto- 
mobile bodies employ 90; Cumberland Shirt Mfg. Co. employ 200; 
Dodge & Olcott Co. chemicals employ 50; Edible Products Co., lard 
substitute and refined cotton seed oil employ 600; The Elco Co., 
motor boats and marine engines employ 125; Elco Dynamic Co., 
motors and dynamos employ 164; General Chemical Co. employ 261 ; 
Herman Bros., cloth and leather hats and caps employ 25 ; The Inter- 
national Nickel Co. employ 1,000; Knickerbocker Metallic Bed Co. 
employ 85; Leolastic, elastic webbing employ 200; The National Sul- 
phur Co. employ 30; John J. Nealon & Co., elastic braided armbands 
employ 25 ; Nucoa Butter Co. employ 80; Oil Seeds Co., vegetable oils 
employ 50; Pacific Coast Borax Co. employ 307; R. G. Packard Co., 
dredging machinery employ 25 ; Reading Bayonne Steel Casting Co. 
employ 175; Safety Insulated Wire & Cable Co. employ 600; The 
Schwarzenbach-Huber Silk goods employ 600 ; Standard Chemical Co. 



employ 10; Standard Oil Company of New Jersey employ 5,400; H. F. 
Taintor Mfg. Co. Whiting & Paris white employ 90; Tide Water Oil 
Co. employ 1,500; Vacuum Oil Co. employ 275. 


This plant lies wedged in between the murk of New York Harbor 
and the railroad that skirts the city. During the World War, 191 7, 
19 1 8 and 1919 four-inch Naval Guns were made in this plant. The 
plant came to Bayonne in 19 12. A new plant was opened in 1921. 
Every week day morning approximately 575 men file into the plant to 
begin another day's work. Unlike most radiator factories, which are 
hand operated, this American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Plant 
is highly mechanized. The Bayonne Plant has a capacity of more 
than 80,000 square feet of radiation per 2-shift day (the average 
radiator contains about 35 square feet), and today accounts for over 
half the company's domestic radiator production. 

The American Radiator and Standard Sanitary Plant, the world's 
largest manufacturer of plumbing and heating equipment has sixteen 
European plants — seven in France; three in Germany; two in Italy; 
one each in Belgium, England, Spain and Switzerland. 

Henry M. Reed is President and Chairman of the Board of this 
enormous Company. He has three sons who are working their way up 
in the Company. Mr. Gross is the manager of the Bayonne Plant. 


The Baker Castor Oil Company originated in Jersey City where it 
still operates. In an expansion program this Company bought the 
Oil Seeds Company plant in Bayonne at 35 Avenue A in 1920. The 
Company has recently completed construction of two new steel tanks 
forty feet in diameter and seventy feet high, which will be used for 
castor beans or oil storage. This Company had the distinction of being 
the first local company to receive cargo at the Bayonne Port Terminal. 
At the present time the company has approximately 125 employees. 
Mr. A. M. Detrick, Jr. is the Bayonne Plant Superintendent. 


The Bayonne Bolt and Nut Company is located at Second Street 
and Trask Avenue. The company employes about 90 people. The 
Manager is Mr. Ackerson. 




The International Nickel Company has a foundry in Bayonne at 
15 Oak Street. This company is a Canadian corporation. A small 
fabricating plant was completed at the Bayonne laboratory for the cast- 
ing, forging and rolling of steel, iron and non-ferous alloys. This 
plant permits further study and confirmation on a semi-works scale of 
laboratory developments and inventions. In addition to its foundry in 
Bayonne, the company maintains a central research and technical 
laboratory. It has one other such laboratory at Copper Cliff, Ontario, 
Canada. Research and development effort on products and processes 
continue through the year. 


Alongside the tracks of the New Jersey Central, Reading and 
B. & O. fifteen miles as the crow flies from the offices and sales rooms 
at 200 Madison Avenue, New York City, is located The Maiden Form 
Brassiere Company, Inc., the world's largest brassiere factory, where 
Maiden Form creations are made and from which they are shipped to 
all parts of the United States and to forty-five foreign countries. 

This plant began in 1924 in a private house on Broadway near 
Twenty-ninth Street with three machines. Due to the growing busi- 
ness the company took over the factory building of Schwarzenbach- 
Huber Company on Avenue E which covers three and one-half acres 
of ground and contains 100,000 feet of floor space. Over 1,300 
workers are steadily employed the year round, keeping pace with the 
world-wide demand for these exclusive, sculptured-perfect foundation 
garments, identified by the internationally famous trade mark which 
appears in all advertisements. Mr. William Rosenthal is President, 
Founder and Designer. While Mr. Rosenthal is not a resident, he has 
Bayonne at heart and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and 
the Rotary Club. He donated "Camp Lewis" in Jersey for Boy Scouts. 
Aside from his business activities he is a very fine sculptor. Mr. Moe 
Rosenthal is the Bayonne Plant Manager. 


The Margon Company has been in Bayonne since April 1936 and 
is located at 717 Avenue A. They manufacture dolls eyes, brown 
eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, eyes that sleep, big eyes, naughty eyes that 
have a flirtatious roll — they're all the product of the Bayonne firm 



and the result of the ingenuity of Samuel Marcus who originated the 
idea thirty years ago. 

Marcus, known to the personnel as "the father of the movable eye 
industry" is the concern's secretary-treasurer. The firm also manu- 
factures for shipment to all parts of the United States and Canada the 
"mamma" "cry dolls", as well as the teeth and tongues of the toys. 

The 'name Margon was coined from the names of the Secretary- 
Treasurer and the President, Alexander Knoff. Before another com- 
pany was added to the original plant, the business was known as the 
Markon Company. To distinguish it, however, from the old one, when 
the change was made, the "k" supplied by the first letter of the presi- 
dent's surname was changed to "g." The first syllable furnished by 
Marcus remained. 

Knoff and Marcus also control the Conmar Products Company 
located at the same address and housed in the same building. This 
firm, the title of which was also coined from the names of the execu- 
tives, manufactures zippers or slide fasteners. According to Herman 
Blume, who is general manager of the two plants, the zipper field is 
widening and prospects of increases to the list of workers are bright. 

The Margon Corporation plant here is the only one maintained by 
that firm, but its sister company has spread its branches to principal 
cities of the country. Conmar offices may be found in Baltimore, 
Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The principal Con- 
mar address, however, is in Bayonne. 

The Bayonne address appears in its advertisements in the leading 
magazines of the country in the intensive campaign, the firm is con- 
ducting at present. According to Blume, the aid of Conmar is to 
make the British Guard, the trade mark symbol of its slide fastener, 
instantly recognizable throughout the country. 

Normally, the Margon Corporation employs 300 and Conmar 600 


Geigy Company, Inc. located at 39 Avenue C, manufactures dye 
stuffs for the entire world. The nucleus of the Geigy Company was 
formed in Switzerland in 1764. In 1859 a branch was formed in 
New York which in 1904 moved to Jersey City and finally came to 
Bayonne in 1936 where the company is housed in a fine, new, fire- 
proof building. 




In 1937 there were more bakeries operated in Bayonne than any 
other single type of classified industry, it was learned from a report 
by the United States Census Bureau. 

The eighteen active Bayonne bakeries employed an average of one 
hundred eleven wage earners during the year and paid them $155,339. 
They turned out products valued at $672,500. and in manufacturing 
these products increased their value by $282,047. Cost of materials 
used in the bakeries was $390,513. during the year. 

And here's how other industries in Bayonne stacked up according 
to the Census Bureau. 

Four manufactures of non-alcoholic beverages had products valued 
at $82,276. adding $45,298. to that value in manufacture. Five job 
printers and publishers of books and music had products valued at 
$147,268. and added $98,169. to that value in manufactures. Seven 
dress manufactures contract factories turned out products valued at 
$361,269. enhancing this value $341,150 in manufacture. 


The Asiatic Petroleum Corporation secured the plant of the So- 
cony- Vacuum Company about 1938 as part of its plan to expand its 
operations in the city and its first task was to raze several old build- 
ings and clear the property. They are planning to build ten new steel 
oil storage tanks at its refinery at the lower Hook. A permit to con- 
struct the tanks at a cost of $200,000. was issued to Patrick J. O'Brien, 
the Superintendent. Five of the tanks will have capacity of 80,000 
barrels each, while the other five will be of 37,000 barrels capacity. 

In 1938 Bayonne ranked fourth among the industrial cities of 
New Jersey and the following industries are located in the city : 

Ace Printing Co. employes 4; American Radiator Co., cast iron 
radiators, employes 635; Arenofsky, Max, Men's and Boys' caps, em- 
ployes 6 ; Associated Printing Co. employes 3 ; Atlas Repair Shop, re- 
pair bowling balls, employes 2 ; Atlas Steel Barrel Corp., steel drums, 
employes 196; Austrian Cleaners & Dyers Inc., employes 18; Babcock 
& Wilcox Co., boiler superheaters, etc., employes 216; Baker Castor Co. 
Castor oil employes 96; Bayonne Bolt Corp., bolt, nuts and rivets, spe- 
cial forging employes 66; Bayonne Economy Laundry Co., Inc. em- 
ployes 20; Bayonne Nipple Co., brass and iron pipe nipples, employes 
17; Bayonne Printing Co. employes 4; Bayonne Quality Laundry Co., 



Inc. employes 30; Bayonne Sawclust Supply Co. employes 1 ; Bayonne 
Silk Mill, broad silks, employes 7; Bayonne Welding Co., steel pro- 
ducts employes 1 ; Bergen Neckwear Co. employes 42 ; Bergen Point 
Brass Foundry, employes 60; Bergen Point Fur Dressing Co., Inc., 
employes 37; Bergen Point Iron Works, fabrication of light plate and 
structural steel work, employes 83 ; Harry Bershadsky, children's 
dresses,- employes 36; Best Foods, Inc., oleomargarine, cook, vegetable 
and salad oils, employes 300; Bestmaid Dress Co., Inc., house dresses, 
employes 30; Boyle, John & Co., Inc., cotton duck and awning mate- 
rial, employes 16; Breger & Weiner, Inc., children's dresses, employes 
97; Broadway Trim & Lumber Co., employes 4; Brooks, J. & Sons, 
children's dresses, employes 146; Cadmus, E. H. Fire Escapes, em- 
ployes 2; Capital Neckwear Co., neckties, employes 31 ; Carbo Oxygen 
Co., Inc., oxygen and hydrocarbon, employes 20; Century Printing 
Co., Inc., employes 1 ; Chonko Printing Co., employes 1 ; Clark Iron 
Foundry, range castings, employes 5 ; Columbia Mattress Co., employes 
5; Community Pride Laundry, Inc., employes 6; Consumers Lumber 
Co., employes2 ; Country Club Beverages, Inc., employes 3 ; Dalack 
Bros., embroideries, employes 6; De Vita, Edward O. & Sons, print- 
ing, employes 3 ; De Waters & Hoffman Laundry, Inc., employes 35 ; 
Dodge & Olcott, essential oils, oleoresins, perfumery, synthetics, em- 
ployes 64; East Washing Fluid Co., employes 1 ; Eisenberg & Trotsky, 
men's and boy's neckwear, employes 34; Electric Boat Co. (Elco 
Works) motor boats, yachts, employes 78; Electric Boat Co. (Electro 
Dynamic Works) electric motors and generators employes 198;' 
Ershler & Krukin, Inc., kitchen and cafeteria equipment employes 56; 
Evening Times Printing & Publishing Co., employes y^ ; Farhat, A., 
embroideries, employes 3 ; Fitch F. W. Co., shampoo and hair tonics 
employes 75 ; Frank & Fisher, commercial auto bodies, employes 1 ; 
Friedberg Beverages, employes 2; Geigy Co., Inc., dyes, employes 
50; General Cable Corp., electric conductor cables, employes 269; 
Globe Iron Works, Inc., fabricated structural steel, employes 4; 
Goldberg Garment Co., Inc., ladies' garments, employes 2^ ; Greco, 
Frank W. novelty jewelry, employes 2 ; Herman Bros., caps, em- 
ployes 1 1 ; Herrick & Voight Chemical Co., testile oils, gums, starches, 
employes 6; Hochman-Kramer Co., Inc., men's and boy's neck- 
wear, employes 100; Holland Laundry, Inc., employes 223; 
Huber, J. M. Inc., printing inks, employes 20; Hudson County Marble 
Co., employes 2; Hudson Iron & Metal Co., iron supplies, etc., em- 
ployes 8; Hudson Pants Co., trousers, employes 65; Hudson Pipe & 



Supply Co., employes n; Hyben Shirt Co., Inc., men's shirts, em- 
ployes 24; I. & H Dress Co., ladies' dresses, employes 54; Interna- 
tional Nickel Co., employes 155; Jersey Printing Co., Inc., employes 
12; Joachim, L. Keys, employes 1; Kavanagh, Charles T., Building 
materials, employes 4; Key City Bolt & Spike Works, employes 7; 
Kitzis, Abe, cotton dresses, employes 17; Knickerbocker Ice Co., em- 
ployes 3 ; Knickerbocker Laundry Inc., employes 45 ; L. & L. Dress 
Co., employes 90; Latendorf Conveying Corp., employes 31; Law, 
Wm. S. & Bros., printing, employes 4; Lillian Sportswear, Inc., ladies' 
dresses, employes 42; Lummus Co., experimental laboratory work, 
employes 18; Maiden Form Brassiere Co., Inc., employes 950; Margon 
Corp., doll's eyes and doll supplies, employes 298; Miller Auto Gear & 
Parts Co., Inc., employes 4; Mongiello Bros., Inc., employes 21; Na- 
tional Bottling Works employes 6; National Sulphur Co., sulphur re- 
fining grinding, employes 40; Novelty Neckwear Co., men's neck- 
wear, employes 13; Ogden, J. Edward Co., employes 117; Palmer 
Asphalt Co., roofing materials, employes 3; Penner, A., mattresses, 
employes 1 ; Pharma Chemical Corp., dyes and intermediates, employes 
71; Posnock M. Inc., lumber, millwork, mason material, employes 7; 
Progress Printing Co., employes 5; Prospect Neckwear Co., men's 
neckwear employes 18; Prospect Planing Mill Co., millwork, employes 
5; Royal Laundry, employes 47; Ruby Mfg. Co., Inc., cotton dresses, 
employes 36; S. & B. Dress Co., ladies' silk dresses, employes 29; 
Schwartz, Adolph, men's neckwear, employes 15; Service Soda Mfg. 
Co., employes 3; Schacter, B., men's neckwear, employes 19; Shalhoub 
Bros., laces, scarfs, ladies' dresses and negligees, employes 25 ; Sharp 
Bros., wood patterns, employes 2; Siegel Dress Co., employes 20; 
Smart Maid Dress Co., employes 61 ; Solar Mfg. Corp., radio and elec- 
trical condensers, employes 20; Southern Cotton Oil Co., edible oils, 
salad and cooking oils and shortenings, employes 95 ; Standard Oil 
Co. of N. J., employes 3,698; Starr Dress Co., employes 35; Sternad, 
Wm. J. Electric Co., employes 1; Sunshine Laundry, employes J2\ 
Super Neckwear Co., men's neckwear, employes 34; Superior Printing 
Co., employes 7; Taintor Co., whiting and paris white, employes 42; 
Texas Co., petroleum and its products, employes 150; Tide Water As- 
sociated Oil Co., petroleum and its products, employes 1,686, Tierney 
Bottling Works, employes 5; United Tank Car Co., employes 54; 
United Sheet Metal Co., employes 5; Van's Printing Service, employes 
1 ; Wachsberg Pickle Works, pickle products, employes 3 ; Walker, 
Charles P. Co., Venetian blinds, employes 5 ; Weld-Rite Co., acetylene 



welding, employes i ; Well Made Frocks, ladies' dresses, employes 39 ; 
Weller, F. A. Foundry Co., brass, bronze and aluminum castings, em- 
ployes 6; White Rose Laundry, Inc., employes 36; Woodward Lumber 
& Coal Co., employes 5. 

(From N. J. State Chamber of Commerce) Industrial Directory 
of N, J., 1938. 


The Bayonne Port Terminal is one of the biggest undertakings 
Bayonne has indulged in for many years. The terminal is a combina- 
tion bulkhead and is filled with docks, railroad tracks and a motor 
causeway which extends almost two miles into New York Bay. When 
entirely completed, it will provide for rail and motor truck connections 
with the docks, said to be large enough to handle eighteen vessels at 
one time. The end of the terminal is practically even with the Statue 
of Liberty and Constable Hook. Ocean liners could land here without 
getting into any of the traffice of the North River coming directly in 
from the ocean. This project was constructed with P.W.A. funds — 
the city sharing in the cost of the construction. 

The port terminal is the greatest constructive achievement of any 
administration in the history of the city. It is the only one which has 
ever brought a dollar into the city treasury. It has opened new hope 
for the future by creating terminal and industrial facilities which will 
be a magnet for the world's shipping. It is the city's surest prosperity 
insurance, and it will bring a steady increase in municipal revenue, em- 
ployment for workers and business for the merchants. 

January 17, 1939 Bayonne's modern port terminal is a far cry 
from the old docks along the Kill van Kull and other old-time shore 
front shipping points and as such is beginning to offer a picture of the 
shipping industry in modern dress. The distinction is especially no- 
ticeable when some of the new modern whalers dock at the port ter- 
minal. No full rigged sailing vessel is the S. S. Frango, as in the olden 
days, one of the whaling ships operated by the American Whaling Co. 
of New York laden with romance, and reeking with whale oil, but it is 
rather a floating factory, replete with all the machinery required to 
handle a job comparable only to that done by the packing house ashore. 
Here is a ship that must not only be self-sufficient during an eight- 
month voyage but in addition must be able to work night and day for 
a period of three months. It is during this period that the whales are 
killed, hauled aboard and converted into whale oil. In order to do 



this the Frango is equipped with machinery of all kinds ranging frovi 
winches able to drag a 50-ton whale aboard as easily as if it were 
a minnow to cookers which convert the entire carcass into oil within an 
hour. A typical whaling trip aboard the Frango, such as its last one 
to west Australian waters, begins in April. Leaving the home port, 
New York, the modern whaler heads for South Africa. On this leg 
of the trip there are no whale hunters aboard, only an average crew 
of seamen plus a crew of workmen whose task it is to turn the whales 
into the tons of oil with which the ship is laden on the return voyage. 
The Frango had, upon landing at the port, more than 7,000 tons of oil 
aboard and the ship rides deep in the water with its heavy cargo. At 
Cape Town, the Frango stops to pick up the hunters and a small 
flotilla of steam launches used by the hunters in chasing and killing the 
whales. Most of the hunters, like the crew of the Frango, are Nor- 
wegians, for it is this race that has traditionally followed the whaling 
industry. Despite many tales, whales only appear on the surface of 
the water for about three seconds. This is when the telling shot must 
be fired and the whaler of 1939 has no time for romantic cries of 
"Thar she blows." It's a bustling, hustling business that turns the placid 
waters of West Australia into a turmoil of activity. For, although, 
on this Whaler, the crew is a hard working gang, the mate is the direct 
anthithesis of the story-book type. Harry Songdahl, the mate, is a 
quiet but capable ship's officer whose tastes run more to the Scriptures 
than profanity. His father is a deacon of a Brooklyn church and he 
himself was a Sunday School teacher for many years. His religion 
does not interfere with his job, however, and his orders are backed by 
a physique that commands the respect of all. He is honored and highly 
respected as a man of integrity and dependability. 

The Captain is very cordial to visitors aboard his ship and is al- 
ways anxious to prove that his ship is more than a floating factory 
equipped with machinery for sordid commercial enterprise. Captain 
Smith showed a party, of which the writer was one, his quarters 
just aft the bridge. Here there was a neat galley with shining pots 
and pans, everything in place and as neat as the most meticulous 
housewife could desire. One cabin serves as sleeping quarters and 
another is used by him for an office. All are spic and span and com- 

Quarters for the crew are below decks, fore and aft of the ship. 
Naturally these are not as cheery as those provided for the officers, 
nevertheless, they are clean and more habitable than one would expect 



on a ship engaged in such an industry. Likewise, they are probably 
far better than can be found on the average tramp steamer. 

The first paying vessel to make use of the new $4,500,000 ship- 
rail terminal at Bayonne, docked at Bayonne on February 14, 1939. 
She was the freighter, Gunda, owned by A. B. Transmarine and is 
a coal burning cargo vessel of 3,460 dead-weight tons. She is capable 
of carrying 3,000 tons of cargo and her average speed is 7 knots per 
hour. She arrived after a rough and stormy voyage from Swedish 
ports and Rotterdam with a cargo of 2,600 tons of wood pulp. The 
terminal provides for direct transfer of a ship's cargo to the freight 
trains, the shipment from the Gunda was stored in the 1,000 foot long- 
transit shed which has been designed as a warehouse for cargoes 
which do not lend themselves to immediate transfer by rail. Captain 
Robert H. Anderson, Master of the Gunda, was greeted at the port 
by Harper Holt, President of Central District, Inc. operators of the 
new terminal. 

The first vessel to actually dock at the Port Terminal without the 
use of tugs was the Swedish vessel, Facto, 259 feet in length, bringing 
a cargo of Canadian wet wood pulp. Although ability to dock with- 
out tugs is an important feature of the new terminal, the Facto was 
the first ship which took advantage of the new facilities. John J. 
Cunningham, Superintendent of the Terminal, pointed out that due 
to "turning basin" and the quay type of piers, it is entirely feasible for 
all ships to berth at the terminal without any assistance from tug 

Ships of all nations have been moving in and out of the Terminal 
in recent weeks with various kinds of cargo but the latest addition to 
the Terminal is the Norwegian Liner "SS Oslofjord" a trans-Atlantic 
luxury liner of the Norwegian-American Line which tied up at the 
north side on January 8, 1940. It was said that the 20,000 ton vessel 
would remain here for the duration of the war. 

The new Port Terminal receives from all ports of the globe and 
extends a welcome to all. But just now, April 1, 1940, "Big Joe", 
and the Russian Pavillion of the 1939 World's Fair, a mass of fabri- 
cated steel rests on a great barge ready to be taken away "to Red 
Square" Moscow. The "Farewell" will meet with the approval of 
multitudes of patriotic American citizens, who from Portland to Port- 
land, prefer that it shall rest on Red Square in Moscow rather than in 
the United States. 

"Big Joe" was never popular in the United States and became a 



matter of deep controversy and severe criticism. Even so the mass is 
still a matter of speculation, curiosity and uncertainty . . . and no doubt 
will be so until it clears from the Bayonne Port Terminal. 


The General Cable Corporation maintains a Bayonne Plant on 
West First Street, and is at the present time supplying the govern- 
ment materials for rearmament programs and also in participating to 
some degree in foreign business. The General Cable Corporation 
owns thirteen acres of land at Kill van Kull and is planning to erect 
a building, within the next few months, which will when completed be 
the largest cable research and testing laboratory in the world. This 
will not increase employment, however, as Mr. S. A. Smith, Jr., Plant 
Manager has said, because the present laboratory staff in Perth Amboy 
will be moved to Bayonne. 




The Ancient Order of Hibernians 

The oldest organization on record in Bayonne is The Ancient 
Order of Hibernians which was organized in the early 1860's 
with one hundred and twenty-five uniformed men. Other divi- 
sions were Nos. 6, 9, 17 and 20. They met in Connelly's Hall on 
Evergreen Street in the early days. No. 9 Division which is the only 
division in existence today was organized in May 1903. The organiza- 
tion now meets in the Knights of Columbus Building. 

The present officers are : President, Michael Flannery ; Vice-Presi- 
dent, Dennis O'Leary; Recording Secretary, Timothy Sullivan; 
Financial Secretary, John Bruton; Treasurer, William F. Hogan 
(which office he has held for twenty- five years) ; Marshal, Andrew 

The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Women's Auxiliary Division 
Xo. 17 is headed by Mrs. Julia Solomon, Division President. 


In the hall over Dr. Derby's store, the exterior of which still 
stands at 211 Broadway on the west side and opposite Cottage Street, 
Bayonne Lodge No. 99 Free and Accepted Masons the night of April 
2, 1869, received its dispensation. Twenty men demitted from lodges 
in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois and formed 
charter members, who gathered in the hall and witnessed, by oil lamp 
light, the ceremonies of establishing a Masonic Order in Bayonne, 
when Senior Grand Warden William F. Pine acting for the Grand 
Master, delivered the dispensation, assisted by Grand Lecturer William 
Mead. Judge John H. Besher, Master of the Lodge, received the 
dispensation. Those members were : 

George Taylor, Hiram No. 17; Frederick G. Payne, Crawford No. 
234 ; Nathan Bartlett, Richmond No. 290, Pa. ; John W. Swope, Rich- 
mond No. 290, Pa. ; John H. Besher, Long Island No. 382 ; John G. 
Armour Atlas No. 316, New York; John Van Buskirk, Jr., Bergen 
No. 47, New Jersey ; Hiram Van Buskirk, Bergen No. 47, New Jersey ; 
William W. Gilbert, Astor No. 603, New York; Edward C. Atwood, 



Manhattan Xo. 62, New York; George F. Eveland, Mansfield No. 36, 
New Jersey; Reese Hughes, Mountain No. 281, Pa.; William Smith, 
Essex No. 49, New Jersey; Martin R. Cook, Valley No. 109, New 
York; Joseph A. Haynes, Stewart No. 34, New Jersey; Leonard J. 
Johnston, Caesarea No. 64, New Jersey ; George Marshall, Dundee 
No. 190, Illinois; Edward C. Bramhall, No. 31, Varick, New Jersey; 
Thomas Ibbotson, Dundee No. 190, Illinois; William C. Hamilton, 
Varick No. 31, New Jersey. 

The following month the lodge began initiating candidates who 
were John Tewman and Chas. S. Roe. They were raised July 1, 1869 at 
which time Bergen Lodge No. 47 of Jersey City paid its first visit. 
For the first sweltering summer months the new lodge decided to 
purchase three dozen palm leaf fans, six goblets and a table. No bill 
for refreshments, however, is to be found until after the Washington 
Lodge No. 33 of Elizabeth visited, the night of October 7, 1869. The 
expenses amounted to $4.25. When the lodge received its warrant 
from a member of the Washington Lodge on February 17, 1870, a 
celebration was staged in an elaborate fashion. The wives of the 
lodge members made aprons for the officers, the Reformed Church 
loaned its organ and the Enterprise Society sang. The next wor- 
shipful master was John H. Besher. 

Before any "black balls" were purchased the lodge had been meet- 
ing more than a year. Applicants were apparently being received for 
May 4, 1 871 the Secretary was ordered to purchase "one dozen Black 
balls." Modest furnishings for the first year for the lodge room cost 
but $116.43. Snowstorms sometimes kept members from venturing 
from their homes and the 83rd regular communication of January 26, 
1 87 1 was not held owing to a snowstorm. 

Negotiations began October 13, 1870 to move from Dr. Derby's 
Hall to a building being planned by J. R. Schuyler. These came to 
naught, however, it seems for he paid $250. six days later to release 
all claims to the room. 

Finally the lodge abandoned Dr. Derby's Hall for the meeting of 
December 14, 1876 was held at their rooms in Masonic Hall, corner 
of 16th Street and Avenue C (now 8th Street) the rooms being the 
entire top floor of the building, as a matter of fact later formed the 
vocational school. At that time the present 8th Street was 16th Street 
due to reorganization of the streets later on. 

When the 99th Mason was raised by the new lodge, Alex. Dallas 
who received the 3rd dergee February 1, 1883, the members collected 



$99. for a "collation." The collation actually cost $218.10 a generous 
amount for 1883, to say the least. 

The Masons bought Schuyler Hall from the Schuyler Estate execu- 
tors on February 24, 1896 for $13,000 and six years later sold it to the 
Mayor and Common Council for $14,500. 

Sharing Schuyler Hall with the Masons was the Post Office and 
the first building and loan association in Bayonne. 

When Schuyler Hall was transferred to the City, the Masons went 
to Woodruff's Hall, which was on the top floor of the grocery store 
owned by Alfred D. Woodruff, son-in-law of James Coward, which 
was located between 33rd and 34th Streets on Broadway. The Masons 
continued to meet here until 191 2 when they moved to the new Odd 
Fellow's Hall at 29th Street and Broadway. The first meeting was 
held here May 9, 19 12 and the first member initiated was W. H. 
Marion. One of the rarest distinctions came to Bayonne Lodge dur- 
ing the meeting of the Grand Lodge in 1908 when Leslie A. Burritt 
was made Junior Grand Warden. A reception was given by his fellow 
lodgemen who presented him with a 33rd degree Jewel. 

The cornerstone was laid for the new Masonic Temple on Avenue 
C and 40th Street on May 22, 1926. After seventy years of dream- 
ing by the Masons, they realized their ambition of having their own 

A parade started down Avenue C and 30th Street, led by five 
mounted patrolmen, followed by Police Captain William Keegan at the 
head of two platoons of policemen commanded by Lieut. Saul Katcher 
and Patrick J. Donovan. Mayor Robert Talbot and Commissioners 
Hosford and Dr. Bert Daly reviewed the parade from the platform 
where the ceremonies were performed. Jesse Service was Master of 
the Bayonne Lodge at that time. The Most Worshipful Brother 
William B. Mackey, Grand Master of Masons for the State of New 
Jersey from Collingswood was present at the ceremonies for the 
$125,000 Temple. 

The present Worshipful Master of the Lodge is Mr. M. David 


The Argonauta Rowing Association was organized April 5, 1870 
and was located on First Street and Trask Avenue. They had a 



boathouse and large, spacious grounds and it was considered a fine 
club having many of the best people on its membership list. 

The Argonauta Regatta, July 5, 1880, races started at 3 130 P. M. 
The boats started from Chancellor Dock. 

The first race was for 4-oared gigs and the crew was as follows : 
White— G H. Davis, E. P. Allen, R. C. Annette, C. W. Trask, 
Stroke, E. M. Benton, Cox. 

R ED _W. Southard, S. L. Mackie, J. T. Gilchrist, Jr., N. H. Day, 
Stroke, F. D. Voorhees, Cox. 

The second race was for 4-oared shells and the crew was as fol- 
lows : 

White — W. Man, J. M. Duane, A. C. Humphreys, N. W. Trask, 

Red — Ed. Smith, A. Duane, E. R. Peck, C. B. Greene, Stroke. 
The Reds were the victors in this race. 

The third race was for 4-oared gigs and the crew was as follows : 
White — R. C. Annette, Ed. Vreedenburgh, A. C. Humphreys, S. 
B. Trask, Stroke, Walter Man, Cox. 

Red— J. T. Gilchrist, Jr., G. A. Fuller, J. A. Lowdwick, E. R. Craft. 
Stroke, Ed. Smith, Cox. 

The Reds won the third race also. 

In the evening a dance was held at the La Tourette Hotel and 
badges to the winners were presented by Col. Fuller. 

In 1886 the Argonauta Rowing Association became the New Jersey 
Athletic Club. 


The Bayonne Rowing Association came into existence in 1872 
and had for its contemporaries the famous Argonauta Rowing Asso- 
ciation, Bergen Point Athletic Club, Viking Rowing Association and 
the Newark Bay Yacht Club. G. S. Boyce was the first President and 
Joseph W. Elsworth was the first Captain. In 1886 the officers were: 
President, E. H. Bennett; Vice-President, Joseph Elsworth, Jr.; 
Treasurer George A. Squire; Secretary, J. A. Phillips; Captain, E. E. 
Van Buskirk; Lieutenant C. O. Stillman; Board of Trustees were: 
E. H. Bennett, Chairman; George A. Squire, E. E. Van Buskirk, 
Ernest C. Webb, J. T. Field, I. A. Gard, W. C. Nicholson, W. H. 
Jasper and J. H. Allaire. 

In 1888 Bayonne Athletic Association with membership of one 



hundred, consolidated with the Bayonne Rowing Association. The 
property owned by the Athletic Association was disposed of and a new 
site purchased on the shore. The building of the New Jersey Cen- 
tral's new line in 1891 necessitated a change in the location of the 
clubhouse. It was moved to the corner of East 32nd Street and 
Prospect Avenue. Of all the oarsmen who have won honors for the 
Bayonne Rowing Association, none stand out more prominently than 
the four-oared crew which was kept together from 1889 to 1896. The 
members were : Thomas Garrett, Charles Cook, Edward H. Scofleld 
and E. A. Schumacher and the banners and cups they won, long 
adorned the clubhouse. Social life in the clubhouse w T as as popular as 
athletics and the bi-weekly dances of the eighties were popular with 
New York as well as Bayonne Society. 

Bayonne People's Regatta under the auspices of the Bayonne Row- 
ing Association was held August 19, 19 16 on the Newark Bay Course. 
The Regatta Committee was composed of : John McGilivary, Chair- 
man; A. M. Young, Treasurer; Charles E. Jaeger, Secretary, others 
were Jos. H. Boylan, Herbert Smith, Kenneth Mackenzie, Oscar 
Gunther, Frank Brooks, Robert L. Mackenzie, Kenneth M. Reed, 
Edw. Boorman, Edw. Staunton, Frank Johnson, F. F. Ockershausen, 
Fred A. Mackenzie, Floyd Landon and John Kenna. In the evening 
a dance at the La Tourette Hotel took place at which time, prizes were 
given out. 


The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was organized in Bayonne 
October 28, 1873. Their meeting place was Schuyler Hall in the 
Bergen Point Section. The Charter members were as follows : Wil- 
liam B. Douglas, Noble Grand ; Thomas Moore, Vice Grand ; George 
G. Lehman, Recording-Secretary; Henry Zimmerman, Financial 
Secretary and Thomas Warren, Treasurer. The Odd Fellows were 
very strong and prosperous and in the year 191 1 they erected a build- 
ing on Broadway between 29th and 30th Streets. Appropriate cere- 
monies marked the laying of the cornerstone of the new building- 
October 15, 191 1 by Mt. Vernon Lodge, No. 176. A parade preceded 
the cornerstone ceremonies in which were about 200 members and 
guests. The Boys' Band of the German Odd Fellows Home of New 
York headed the procession, led by William Thompson. The cere- 
monies started with the playing of " Nearer My God to Thee." The 
address of the occasion was delivered by Dr. Frank W. Crouthers of 



Perth Amboy, X. J. who was Past Grand Master of N. J. and Grand 
Representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge. He sketched the 
objects of the Odd Fellows Organization which was started, he said, 
in the United States in 1819. 


On February 26, 1901 at 15 East 21st Street in Odd Fellows Hall, 
a group met for the purpose of instituting a Rebekah Lodge. The 
first name suggested was Concord, but this was not met with approval. 
Guiding Star was mentioned but this grand name was taken from an- 
other lodge so was turned down. Finally the Grand Master sug- 
gested the members giving names : Lady Goethe, Lyndhurst and Palm 
were suggested and the Grand Master decided on Palm No. 34. 
Grand officers present were : E. O. Bussing, Grand Master ; August 
Grassmann, Grand Representative; Henry J. Melosh, Past Grand 
Master ; Harry Pine, Dep. Grand Master ; President of Assembly Mary 
Davis; Vice-President of Assembly, Charlotte Morris; Secretary of 
Assembly, Mary Fullen ; District Dep. President Isabel Lawrence and 
Staff of Hudson No. 1, also Staff of the Rebekah Lodge. 

Meeting was called to order by Grand Master E. O. Bussing and 
an application for a charter was received, accompanied by nine with- 
drawal cards. They were as follows : 

Annie Farber, Myrtle No. 10; Annie Koch, Myrtle No. 10; Mar- 
garet Garbs, Myrtle No. 10; Annie Harris, Myrtle No. 10; Emma 
Buell, Evergreen No. 3 ; Fanny Colin, Evergreen No. 3 ; Minna Lauer, 
Evergreen No. 3 ; Pauline Schaub, Evergreen No. 3 ; Henry Harris, 
Evergreen No. 3. 

The following dismissal cards were received and then admitted : 
Alice Evans, Selma Rasch, G. Colling from Myrtle No. 10, the lodge 
was then instituted according to the laws and regulations of the order. 

Since 1901 the order has lost and gained members and at present 
is doing nicely. Many of the members daughters are joining. There 
is a beautiful home in Briele, New Jersey for sisters of the order, also 
a home in Newark for the orphans. At the present time there is only 
one lodge in Bayonne but there are 97 lodges in the State of New 
Jersey and five junior lodges. The juniors are from 12 years of age 
to 18 at which time they are eligible to join the Rebekah Lodge. 

Members and officers of Palm Rebekah Lodge No. 34 are: 
Gertrude Johnson, Noble Grand ; Maude Barker; Vice Grand; Anna 



L. Golding, Past District Deputy, present Secretary; Carrie Covert. 
Past Noble Grand ; Gertrude B. Johnson, Past District Deputy, present 
Treasurer; Chaplain, Adah J. Humphrey; Outside Guardian, Florence 
Gallett ; Inside Guardian, Maude Ebenau ; Conductor, Elizabeth 
Barth; Warden, Charlotte Freer; Right Supporter to Noble Grand, 
Catherine Mervis; Left Supporter to Noble Grand, Elizabeth Detels; 
Past Noble Grand and Past District Dep. President, Elizabeth 
Schulze; Pianist, Selma Fimbel; Past President of Assembly, Minnie 
M. Kugler, Brother Berger; Bro. and Sister John Boltz; Bro. and 
Sister Manning; Mrs. Beck, Mrs. Eliz. J. Meyers, Bro. Detels; Bro. 
Nelson Dunn, Miss Margaret Manning. 


The New Jersey Yacht Club was organized in 1879 with a club- 
house on the shores of Communipaw section of Jersey City alongside 
Pavonia. In 191 1 the club moved from Communipaw to West 30th 
Street and Newark Bay. The building took fire in 19 14 and burned, 
they then went to Schultz Park on West 27th Street. After that the 
club was suspended. It was then reorganized, taking advantage of 
the dispute among the members of the Newark Bay Yacht Club which 
was then located at the foot of West 54th Street and Newark Bay. A 
faction of those members belonging to the New Jersey Yacht Club 
and who still had possession of the Charter, made arrangements for 
the leasing of the quarters located there and succeeded in ousting the 
Newark Bay Yacht Club and flung New Jersey's pennant to the 


The Bayonne Club was organized in the summer of 1880 by a 
group of young business men. They leased what they called "The 
Nine Row" consisting of nine houses situated on the east side of 
Avenue A near 33rd Street. On the opposite side of Avenue A were 
open fields and beyond a clean sandy beach, on the shore of Newark 

Bathing was good and fishing plentiful. The leading spirit was 
Ernest C. Webb, a young and prosperous lawyer who was elected 
President. George Jewett was first Secretary-Treasurer, and others 
were: J. A. Phillips, Henry Garretson, W. A. Holmes and E. 
MacDonald and numerous others. In the summer of 1907 the Newark 



Bay Boat Club, as it was called at that time, opened their new home on 
33rd Street and Newark Bay with a Regatta followed by a dinner. 
This Club built the building which now is the home of the Elks for a 
winter quarters but later on sold it to the Elks and the 33rd Street 
club served as their only clubhouse. A few years ago the Club was 
broken up. 


The Young Men's Association, one of the oldest organizations 
of its kind, social and athletic in Bayonne, was instituted in 1887 by 
seven young men of the Bergen Point section, who considering the 
idea of banding together into a society, met under the old railroad 
bridge that spanned Avenue D at West 8th Street on the evening of 
August 10, 1887 and organized the present Young Men's Associa- 
tion. Of their charter members, three, Cornelius Reagon, Dennis 
Hennessy and James J. Devlin have joined the society where the mo- 
tion to adjourn is never in order while the others Thomas M. O'Brien, 
Patrick Kenny, John J. Reilly and the late City Clerk William P. Lee 
are respected and prominent citizens of the city. 

Headquarters were established in the Telephone Exchange build- 
ing on West 8th Street. The membership increased to such an extent 
that the club moved to a more comfortable building, then the property 
of the late Judge P. \V. Connelly. Here, within a year, the members 
felt cramped for room and shelter was sought on the second floor or 
24? Avenue D near 9th Street where they remained for two years, 
when an entire building was rented on 9th Street, next door to the 
Bayonne Herald, the former Bayonne paper. In 1897 the associa- 
tion, its membership large and having prospered- by good manage- 
ment, decided that the time had come when it should have a home of 
its own. Accordingly, a committee was appointed to bring about this 
happy result. How well they accomplished their mission may be 
judged from the fact that inside of eight months property had been 
bought on West 10th Street, funds obtained and an up-to-date club- 
house erected. After eleven years of wandering from one home to 
another the members enjoyed the facilities of a handsomely equipped 
building and what good old times did follow these exciting bowling 
matches which were frequently captured by the Y. M. A. 

On February 9, 1908 the club suffered a severe loss. That 
evening fire destroyed the building to such an extent that the next 
morning nothing was left but the lot. This was a blow to the mem- 



bers, everything of value was destroyed, including numerous trophies 
won by the baseball and bowling teams. The disaster was only an 
impetus to greater efforts. A committee was at once put to work to 
arrange for the rebuilding of the clubhouse. After careful consider- 
ation the site on ioth Street was sold and a plot of ground on the 
Boulevard near 14th Street was purchased and the building which now 
stands on said plot was erected in less than a year. The success of 
the Y. M. A. is due largely to the strict adherence to the laws laid 
down by its founders and carried out by the officers who were at the 
head of the organization from year to year. The association has had 
many presidents including John J. Lynch, William F. Gray, Sr., 
Police Chief Cornelius J. O'Neill, Jere D. Lynch, Joseph P. Devine, 
Daniel Sweeney, John A. Cook, William Hurley, James Flynn, George 
Powers, Frank Hughes, Peter A. Donovan, Arthur Sullivan, James 
E. Ellis, John Nix, William Shanaghan, Louis Lang, Arthur Flana- 
gan, Michael Coughlin and Anthony Cashman. 


The Political Study Club, which is the second oldest club in the 
State of New Jersey, having been founded by Mrs. Alexander Christie 
and organized in 1888, was started by a number of mothers in Cen- 
tral Bayonne to object to school conditions in that vicinity and Mrs. 
Alexander Christie was elected President. Later the club took up 
women's suffrage movement and had a number of prominent speakers 
on the ''New Woman Cause," among them Mrs. Elizabeth Cady 
Stanton, author of "The Woman's Bible" ; Mrs. Antoinette Brown 
Blackwell, the first woman ordained minister in the State ; Miss Mary 
Philbrook, the first woman admitted to the Bar in New Jersey; Sen- 
ator Helen Ring Robinson, sister of the late former President, Theo- 
dore Roosevelt ; Mrs. Julia Goldzier, a member of the club, who started 
the movement for police women and Mrs. Lillian Feickert, the state 
suffrage leader who later became the first President of the Women's 
State Republican Club and State Vice-Chairman of the Republican 

The club joined the State'* Federation in 1894 when the Federation 
was organized. At that time it was called "The Ladies' Social and 
Political Advancement Society" but later changed to the Political 
Study Club. The club has taken a part in almost every move- 
ment in the progress toward better conditions in the city and state. 



Members of this club were among the one hundred women who 
stormed the offices of the County Park Board to demand a County 
Park for Bayonne, which was successfully carried out later. They 
assisted as a woman's auxiliary in helping to raise funds for a soldier's 
monument in the County Park at a cost of $1,500. These pioneer 
women, with banners flying, marched in every suffrage parade on 
Fifth Avenue, New York. In 191 2 with three other Federated clubs, 
this club joined in assisting for the movement for a community Christ- 
mas tree and formed the Municipal Christmas Tree and Mrs. Santa 
Claus Association. They did their part during the World War days 
in the sale of Liberty Bonds and Red Cross Work. 

In the beautifying of the Lincoln Highway of New Jersey, which 
was conducted by the conservation department of the State Federa- 
tion of which Mrs. William M. Wauters was Chairman, they planted 
a tree at Camp Dix in memory of Major E. P. Reichhelm and at 
Lincoln Park, Jersey City in honor of Mrs. Alexander Christie and in 
an effort to have a national flower adopted, a member of the club was 
on the committee which interviewed Mrs. Woodrow Wilson at the 
White House, who spoke in favor of their chosen flower — the Laurel 
— and also Admiral Dewey, who explained to the Committee how he 
had been successful in having the National Anthem, "The Star- 
Spangled Banner" adopted by the United States Navy. 

They were also members of a committee that participated in a tree 
planting on the Lincoln Highway at Princeton, April 25, 1916 when 
President Woodrow Wilson planted a tree and a large shrub of flower- 
ing Laurel in memory of Abraham Lincoln. 

Many of the pioneer members have passed on but many of them 
were made happy, when in 1920 the right to vote was granted the 
women of America, following the World War. The club continues 
its interest in civic affairs today and stands ready to further all bills 
pertaining to civic improvements and better working conditions for 
women. At its 50th Anniversary meeting Mrs. John Drucker was 
elected President and Mrs. Charles Dell, a daughter of Mrs. Alexander 
Christie, the founder, was elected Vice-President and Mrs. Claude 
Day, daughter of the late Major E. P. Reichhelm, was elected Secre- 


The Peninsula Yacht Club was located at the foot of West 24th 
Street and Newark Bay and was erected in the year 1889 by Chester 



D. Ayers, who is still residing in the Point section, formerly occupied 
by club located there until 1893 when it was succeeded by the Essex 
Yacht Club of Newark as their Bayonne branch and the building be- 
came the property of one Jacob Ackerman. In 1896 the property was 
acquired by the Nelson family but the Essex Yacht Club still had 
their quarters there until 1908 when they disbanded and the Bayonne 
Yacht Club, which was located at Meyer & Dressig's foot of West 
27th Street moved to the Nelson building where they worked until 
19 14. They also disbanded and were succeeded by the Peninsula 
Yacht Club, the present occupants of the clubhouse. 


The Pastime Athletic Club was in existence in the 8o's and was 
located on Broadway and 46th Street. The building which later be- 
came Wake's Hall was their clubhouse and it was the center of many 
social gatherings as well as political meetings, dances, etc. 


The Elsworth Boat Club was also in existence in the 8o's and this 
club was located at the foot of East 37th Street and Newark Bay. A 
group got together and built a clubhouse on what is still known as 
Elsworth's Island, a pile of rocks about one hundred feet off the 
shore. The club became famous in boat racing circles of those days as 
the Elsworth's possessed small craft of every description and were 
entered in all nearby regattas and brought home many trophies. Cap- 
tain Joe Elsworth sailed the "Puritan" against the British Yacht 
"Genesta" in 1889 in the International Yacht races and won. The 
boathouse was destroyed by storm about 1893 an d the piles on which 
the house stood are still seen on the Island. 


The Athena Club, which is one of the oldest of the Woman's Clubs 
in the city, was organized in 1892 by Mrs. M. Close- Sleesman, who 
was also the first President. Mrs. S. I. Myers of Bayonne is the only 
charter member who still holds her membership. This club is a 
charter member of the State Federation, having affiliated with the Fed- 
eration in 1894. Mrs. A. C. Smith is President. 


The Woman's Musical and Literary Study Club was organized by 
Mrs. Mai Close-Sleesman in 1893. Some of the active members 



later were : Mrs. W. W. Anderson, Mrs. E. B. Annett, Miss A. M. 
Capitain, Miss Lillian Clemens, Miss Sara Du Bois, Mrs. H. S. Ger- 
mond, Miss Josephine G. Duke, Mrs. Vitalis Himmer, Mrs. J. A. Rum- 
rill, Mrs. S. V. Anderson, Mrs. Doris Whipple, Mrs. Messner, Mrs. 
Lucy Houghton, Mrs. Welantz, Mrs. Plante, Mrs. C. A. Browne and 
Miss Sprague. 


The Knights of Columbus was organized about 1895 when a group 
of 43 men were initiated into the mysteries of an unknown and un- 
heralded society that was regarded with suspicion by the clergy and 
whose members trod a thorny path until the work of the organization 
proved its worth to the community. The membership has swelled to 
approximately 750 members. Star of the Sea Council, No. 371 
Knights of Columbus is regarded as one of the foremost fraternal 
Catholic organizations in the city. 

They met for the first time in what was first known as Masonic 
Hall, later Schuyler Hall, Vocational School and what is now an annex 
of the Holy Family Academy on West 8th Street. 

Heading the first roster of officers was the late William M. O'Neill, 
brother of the late Rev. Geo. Doane O'Neill, for several years Chan- 
cellor of the Newark Diocese and brother of the Rev. Fred O'Neill, 
pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Newark. 

Not only did Grand Knight O'Neill expend his energies toward 
the fulfillment of his duties as highest officer of the group, but when 
the council had to be equipped with suitable paraphernalia, it was he 
who advanced the money on a personal note at a local bank. 

Others who were active in those first stages of the council's develop- 
ment were former Mayor L. F. Donohoe, the late Judge Thos. F. 
Noonan, William C. Devlin, Joseph B. Heraty, Thomas M. O'Brien, 
William Mann and Joseph P. McCormack, for some years supervisor 
of the State Prison at Trenton. 

Before the council finally located at its present home which was 
built in 1922 through loan shares bought by the members, meetings 
were held in Woodruff's Hall, Odd Fellows' Hall, St. Mary's Hall 
and the Knights of Columbus annex. The annex of the K. of C. 
headquarters which faces Avenue C was purchased May 19 14 and was 
was the former home of the Hocke family. It was the first permanent 
home of the council after sixteen years of gypsying around the city in 
rented halls. 



Due to the ever growing membership, however, the building became 
inadequate and the new [Memorial Building was built at a cost of over 
$140,000. This building was called the Victory Building in honor of 
those who served in the World War, and is located on West 30th 
Street. The recreational needs of the boys of this city were a large 
consideration in the plans of the building committee with the result 
that the K. of C. is able to pursue boys' work activities on its present 
large scale. 

The K. of C. Boys Club for all boys of the city from ten to eighteen 
years of age was organized by Francis K. Strohoefer who began the 
center with volunteer leaders among whom were James McGeehan, 
executive director and the Columbian Squires under Wm. K. O'Brien. 

Besides accommodating boys of all religious faiths and races by 
placing the building recreational equipment at their disposal, the 
council also sends younger boys to Camp Columbus at Culver's Lake 
during the summer months. 

Mr. Joseph F. Nugent is the present Grand Knight and the Rev. 
Joseph F. Dolan, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul's R. C. Church is 

Although the council has no official women's auxiliary, there is a 
group of women representatives of the various Catholic parishes who 
cooperate in staging the council's yearly charity ball. 


The prime organizer of this club was Charles H. Davis in 1895. 
Early members were: John Eadie, Sr., William Eddy, Walter N. Gay, 
Horance Roberson who was City Treasurer from 1894 to 1896; 
Frederic E. Chamberlain, Dr. John W. Carr, Major Reichhelm, Dr. S. 
I. Myers, S. J. Harwi and later down to the present time are : Chas. 
S. Havens, Darnell Brittin, John L. Collins, Samuel Roberson, D. R. 
Santomenna, D. H. Garrison, Aaron T. Gould, F. E. Cotter, Raymond 
Filsinger, A. S. Westneat, R. Thornton, Joseph Brady, George J. 
Becker, Vere S. Richards. Frank Hallberg is the President. 


On September 30, 1896 a fine group of leading Bayonne citizens 
met at the home of James H. Thomas. 122 West Twentv-second 
Street to organize a Bayonne bicycle and pleasure club. The following 
enterprising young men were present : 



James H. Thomas, Dennis Maguire, William Douglas, Antone 
Kratz, M. Gibbons, Joseph Herring, Edward T. Jones, Daniel Walrod, 
Conrad Beltz, John J. Shaughnesay, Willis Thomson, John Barb, Gus 
Eppson, Adolph Graf, Thomas Shaw, John Parker. 

The name chosen for the club was "J AMES H. Thomas Bicycle 
and Pleasure Club." The following officers were chosen: 

James H. Thomas, President ; John Barb, Vice-President ; Edward 
T. Jones, Financial Secretary; D. M. Maguire, Treasurer; Daniel 
Walrod, Sergeant-at-Arms. 

On May 3, 1898 the name of the Club was changed to "Bayonne 
Wheelmen, Inc." 

Edward T. Jones served as Secretary until October 10, 1936, the 
date of his death. 

The present officers of the Club are : 

Joseph Minton, President ; Dennis McGee, Vice-President ; John 
F. Foley, Financial and Recording Secretary; William B. Clarke, 
Treasurer ; Stephen McCarthy, Sergeant-at-Arms. 

John Minton has been President since January 4, 19 12. Dennis 
McGee has been Vice-President since January 8, 1914. William B. 
Clarke has been Treasurer since January 8, 1914. The present mem- 
bership — 1940, A. D., is no. And the Charter is a closed instrument 
and is only opened on rare and unusual occasions. The Club has its 
own headquarters at 559 Boulevard (free and clear), with Bowling 
Alleys, Pool room, Dance hall and Offices. 


In 1898 the Elks Lodge was founded by James W. Shannon, 
George De Waters and Edward Griffin. The Lodge was instituted at 
the Old Masonic Hall Avenue D and 8th Street. The installation rites 
were directed by District Deputy Richard Fort of Camden who was 
assisted by members of the Jersey City and Hoboken Lodges. Some 
of the Charter members were : 

Edw. Bryce, Dr. L. F. Donohoe, Thos. Magner, F. F. Martinez, Jr., 
Geo. Bradford, Chas. A. Wake, Louis O'Leary, Thos. Beattie, Emmett 
Smith, Egbert Seymour, Fred E. Mettam, Thos. Fletcher, Wm. Tifft, 
J. W. Empie, Richard C. Annette, Edw. A. Urner, Jas. T. Brady, Peter 
J. Brady. 

Thomas F. Garrett was the first exalted ruler of Bayonne Lodge. 
He served two years and was succeeded by George M. DeWaters. 



The new Elks Club Building was dedicated and taken possession 
of on May 29, 1907 at which time there was a parade followed by a 
dinner in the evening and Elks came from all over Jersey to be present 
at the ceremonies. This building was formerly the quarters of the 
Newark Bay Boat Club. John N. Fitzhenry is the present Exalted 


Bayonne Chapter No. 21, Order of the Eastern Star was organized 
in 1898. The charter members were : 

Miss Elizabeth F. Allan, Mrs. Helen Bryce, Mrs. Jennie Bradford, 
Mrs. Julia G. Clark, Miss Eugenie Clark, Mrs. Harriet Chambers, 
Mrs. Eleanor Kenny, Miss Annie Meyer, Mrs. Elizabeth Meyer, Mrs. 
Isabelle Morrison, Mrs. Martha J. Seamon, Mr. Horace Scull, Mrs. 
Mary Wright, Miss Mildred Windas, Mrs. Cecil Wilson, Mrs. Ida 
Deyo, Mrs. Sarah Fry, Mrs. Prudence Guy, Miss Mamie Guy, Mrs. 
Elizabeth Greglett, Mrs. Delia Hicks Mrs. Lydia Lawder, Miss Isa- 
belle Yates, Mrs. Rebecca Metam, Mrs. Emiline Paynton, Mrs. Wil- 
li! ina Scull, Mrs. Johanna Vreeland, Miss Charlotte Wright, Mrs. 
Cornelia Worden, Airs. Sarah Yates. 

The only surviving members of the above are Airs. Mildred Windas 
Osborne and Mrs. Elizabeth Meyer. 

The first Matron of the Chapter was Mrs. Lydia Lawder. 

The first Patron of the Chapter was Mr. Horace Scull. 

The present Matron is Miss Gertrude Hallberg. 

The present Patron is Mr. Albert Lindberg. 

Mrs. Susan Connover and the late Jennie Bolton were the only 
members from Bayonne to be Past Grand Matrons of the State. 


The Zonta Club was organized in 1900 as a business and profes- 
sional club for women of the city. Mrs. Christine Doherty was the 
first president. Charter members were Mrs. John Blanchard, Rose 
Brady, Mrs. Edythe Broome, Miss Dema Chayes, Mrs. Sophie Dooley, 
Miss Mary Driscoll, Katherine and Florence Gorman, Anna Herbert, 
May Lanstree, Elizabeth Meehan, Fannie Morris, Mrs. Virginia 
Richards, Mrs. Catherine Schroeter, Mrs. Samuel Cooper and Miss 
Edna Vreeland. 




The Bergen Point Lawn Tennis Club, between 9th and 10th 
Streets on Avenue A was popular in the late 8o's and early logo's. 
Their membership was composed of names like Days, Schuyler, 
Browns, Meigs, Humphreys, Sidney Smith, Ida Voorhees, the Na- 
tional Champion and later the Shaw family showed great skill on the 
tennis courts. 


William Mann organized the Harriers Athletic Club, which was 
first called St. Mary's Temperance and Athletic Club, in the year 1900. 
About 1904 the Harriers became the Jersey Harriers Athletic Club. 
The 4th of July of this year marked the 30th Anniversary of games 
under the Harriers. 


The Pavonia Yacht Club, the second oldest yacht club in the 
United States, was organized in 1869. By a special act of the State 
Legislature approved March 6, 1873 the club was granted a charter 
of incorporation. The charter provided the club be located in Jersey 
City or some other convenient point in Hudson County. Originally 
it was located at the foot of Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City, from which 
it got its name, in what was then called "The Gut." In 1883 the club 
moved to the beach at the foot of Jersey Avenue at Communipaw. It 
was called the Catboat Club in those days because most of the boats 
were rigged with centerboards and sandbag ballast. 

In 1888 the Pavonias received official recognition from big yacht 
clubs and this meant to participate in all regattas. At a regatta in 
1892 they had the honor of receiving a salute of a hundred guns from 
the various boats gathered and every craft in the harbor saluted the 
Pavonia flag as they passed. 

In 1890 the club secured property at Atlantic Highlands and in 
1 89 1 ran off a regatta that had one hundred and two boats. Captain 
Joe Elsworth won a prize. In 1892 on August 31st, there was an 
awful storm. There were seventeen boats at their moorings and the 
following day all but one was blown to shore and more or less damaged. 
That one belonged to Ex-Commodore D. W. Kohn of New York who 
had been at the head of the club for some fourteen years. Alex. Roe, 
always kidded him about having enough rope and chain to anchor a 



fleet, but in this case the storm showed his wisdom. Mr. Kohn said 
he always believed in having a good mooring. 

In the early icjoo's the club moved to Bayonne and located at the 
foot of 41st Street and New York Bay in the old house owned by the 
Combs estate which was said to be about 200 years old. The small 
house to the left was the original house and the other part having been 
added to it. In the original house there was a trap door whereby 
during the time of slaves the slaves were put up in the attic by a ladder 
and by the time the inspectors came, there was no sign of a slave. The 
doors throughout the house were in two parts. 

The club had a large membership from neighboring cities. Decora- 
tion Day always marked the opening of the season and tables were 
set under the trees and chowder served to everyone. The members of 
the club took parties out sailing on the bay and in the evening fireworks 
were displayed and dancing enjoyed. At this time some of the active 
members were : former Commodores, David Kohn, William Throne, 
Sheldon Decker, Anthony Sneider, William D. Salter who was Treas- 
urer for some years, John F. Schmidt of the Bayonne Trust Company 
who was Treasurer, the Harz Brothers (Carl and Claudius) Dave 
Woodruff, Dr. George W. Mellor who served in many offices and 
Frank Baker with whom Dr. Mellor sailed for years. In Baker's 
boat "The Squaw" with Dr. Mellor at the wheel, they won ten prizes 
in nine races, one prize being a time prize. At this time the club had 
many fine yachts and motorboats. 

The brick dock in front of the clubhouse was where the Shad fisher- 
men landed. 

Some years later the club took up its present location at the foot of 
nth Street and Newark Bay known as Pavonia Court. 

The present site, which many years ago was one of the show places 
of the Newark Bay shorefront was acquired June 25, 191 3 when 
Anthony Schneider was commodore. It had been the residence of 
Jacob R. Schuyler. Later years interest in the property finally went 
to Schuyler Imbre and Angelica V. R. Haight, who were lineal des- 
cendants of Jacob Schuyler and they conveyed the property to the 
Pavonia Yacht Club. Prominent among its membership were Gov- 
ernor Abbott and Senator McPherson. The club has only two life 
members and they are Louis Mittelsdorf and Ex-Commodore D. W. 
Kohn. There are four honorary members and they are Congressman 
Eugene Kinkead, Gov. Leon Abbott, Dr. George W. Mellor and Hon. 
Matthew T. Cronin, one time Mayor of Bayonne. 




The County Corkmen, one of Bayonne's leading Irish Societies was 
organized in 1903 and incorporated on January 3, 1905 by the late 
Hudson County Common Pleas Judge Hyman Lazarus. It is affiliated 
with the County Corkmen in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San 
Francisco and Richmond County, Staten Island. The Bayonne Cork- 
men, organized as a non-sectarian and non-political society met at 
Cornelius Murphy's Hall, Broadway at 19th Street; Lynch's Hall, 
Broadway at 12th Street and at 298 Broadway before moving to their 
present quarters at 710 Avenue C. Among the incorporators were 
John Sullivan, Richard Walsh, James O'Leary, John Crowley, Thomas 
M. O'Brien, Sr., Thomas O'Connor, Michael Henessey, John Mahoney, 
Daniel Foley and Jeremiah O'Connor. John Sullivan, who served 
eight terms was the group's first president. Today there are over 464 
members and the Ladies' Auxiliary of which Mrs. Thomas O'Connor 
was the first president, has about 247 members. 


The Robbins Reef Yacht Club was founded in 1903 by a 
group of men who belonged to the Pavonia Yacht Club. The founders 
of this club were Donald Mackenzie, Sr., Fred S. Muller, Louis Raich- 
len, James Casey, Amos Harker, Albert Gottringer, Thomas J. Prior, 
Fred Golding, J. Austin, Edward Walborn and David Allen, Jr., 
Donald Mackenzie, Sr. was the first Commodore. Others were John 
Crowley, John P. Dunn, J. P. McDermott, W. F. Muller, J. Jacobus 
and William Luebbers. The Commodore at the present time is Edward 
Schuller who is serving his ninth term. The club now has 140 mem- 
bers and 62 boats in its fleet. 

Y. M. C. A. 

The first thought and effort to bring the Y.M.C. A. to Bayonne was 
at the turn of the century. On December 18, 1900 a group of eight 
men met in the Sixth Street Methodist Church and organized as the 
"Executive Committee of the Y.M.C. A. Project of the City of Bay- 
onne." The group consisted of Pierre P. Garven, Chairman, H. Ber- 
nard, F. Whitney, F. Oliver, J. Houghton, A. Gartley, T. Tyler and 
S. B. Hoes, Secretary. 

Others joined the group including Horace Roberson, who is still a 
member of the Board of Trustees, Herman Kern and M. V. String- 



ham, who were hard and faithful workers until their deaths. The 
meeting rooms were changed to the Republican Club which was then 
located on Avenue D and Thirty-second Street. 

The Knights of King Arthur, organized by John G. Eadie for the 
boys of the First Reformed Sunday School in 1906 grew to such an 
extent that they felt the need of a clubhouse. 

On December 16, 1908 a group of fifty young men assembled to- 
gether and called themselves the "Young Men's Federation." John 
G. Edie was President of the group and John Munroe, Secretary and 
Rolland Howell, Treasurer. A Dutch Reformed, A Presbyterian and 
a Baptist to start — a good combination. They started in a small 
wooden shack around 38th Street and Avenue B. At the end of the 
first year, the membership list grew to 154. 

The Board of Trustees for the first year was : R. G. Castleman, 
Walter Hay, John Munroe, Rolland Howell, Kenneth Myers, William 
Seeman, Clarence Capes, Hal D. Chapman, Douglas Couden, Carl 
Hermon, E. R. Edie, J. G. Edie, George Titus, Willis Alexander, 
Harry Drucker, Herman Kern. A woman's auxiliary was formed 
June 14, 1909 with Mrs. James Munroe, President. 

Money was made at Fairs and other social events given by the 
Auxiliary and the boys gave an amateur circus at which time Charles 
E. Geibel, Jr. who owned a small horse "Dandy" became a circus 
rider to entertain the guests at the affair, donning tarleton skirts, blond 
wig and grease paint. 

The Federation News was set up by Royden Page Whitcomb which 
later became the Association News and was continued until 1926. 

In January 19 12 it was decided to incorporate the Federation as 
the Young Men's Christian Association of Bayonne, to acquire prop- 
erty for a building and to secure an executive secretary. The building 
now owned by the organization on West Thirty-third Street was dedi- 
cated March 19 16. 

The present board consists of : President, Edwin Ogden ; Vice- 
President, Arthur Evans ; Secretary, Dr. Stanley Woodruff ; Treasurer, 
Walter Turnbull, John L. Collins, J. Munson Johnson, James Custer, 
G. Waldron Hoick, William Welch, Warren Roy, Edwin Allaire. 
Honorary members : D. Herbert Garrison, Dr. George Sexsmith. 


Mrs. Hugh C. Colville organized a club during the year 1910 



which was called the Neighborhood Club of 33rd Street. This club 
carried on for some time doing charity work and in 191 1 the name 
was changed to the Betterment Club, due to the fact that there was an- 
other neighborhood club in the Bergen Point section. The charter 
members of the club were : Mrs. John M. Coward, Mrs. Frank A. 
Beardsley, Mrs. William T. Ford, Mrs. Hyman Lazarus and the late 
Mrs. T. N. Davey. Mrs. Colville was the first president and acted in 
that capacity for eight or nine years after which Mrs. William M. 
Wauters became president. The Betterment Club affiliated with the 
Bayonne Woman's Club in 1924 but still remains as a Betterment 
Department which does Welfare work. They try to find jobs for 
worthy persons, if possible, and donate food, clothing, medicine, etc. 
to the unfortunate of the city. They sell Red Cross Seals and at 
Christmas time give a party in one of the local theatres and each 
child receives an orange, toy and candy and moving pictures and other 
entertainment are provided. The children are mostly patients of the 
anti-tuberculosis clinic and special prizes are awarded the children who 
carefully follow rules of the clinic during the year and who attend 
regularly. The Betterment Club originated the Annual "Clean Up 
Week" in the city which in the last few years has been taken up by the 
Civic Club. 


The Bayonne City Yacht Club organized in January 19 10 had 
quarters at the foot of West 27th Street, later taking the old quarters 
of the New Jersey Yacht Club at the foot of 30th Street. The first 
officers selected were : Henry F. Snarke, Commodore ; James B. Gib- 
bons, Vice Commodore ; Phillip W. May, Secretary ; William Meyer- 
holz, Treasurer ; Arthur Bender. Sergeant-at-Arms. Former City 
Comptroller, J. J. Ryan was Commodore during the year 191 1 and he 
presented a large silver cup to the club to be competed for by the 
boats in races each Labor Day. Others who served as Commodore 
were: Gus Ruh in 1912; H. F. Snarke in 1913; William Smalley in 
1 9 14- 1 5-16 and Charles B. Waldron in 191 7. 


The four federated Bayonne Clubs for Women got together and 
organized The Municipal Christmas Tree Assn. in December 19 12. 



Mrs. William M. Wauters was one of the organizers and was elected 
the first president and has been president until the present time. 


The Woman's Club of Bayonne, N. J. was founded by Mrs. 
Myers, wife of the late Dr. S. I. Myers in 191 5 and Mrs. William M. 
Wauters was the organizing chairman. Mrs. Thomas Agnew was the 
first President. The club was federated in 19 16 and incorporated in 
19 18. The City Betterment Club consolidated with the Woman's 
Club in 1924. The club colors are blue and gold and the club flower is 
the Laurel. 

The object of the club is to establish in Bayonne a center for the 
development of the member's responsibility to one another as citizens 
and neighbors and to the community and to the country. The club 
started with forty members of which some of the honorary members 
are : Mrs. William Arbuckle, Mrs. Thomas N. Carey, Mrs. Hugh Col- 
ville, Mrs. H. S. Eddy, Mrs. William H. Goodwin," Mrs. F. C. Gray, 
Miss Clara Hathaway, Mrs. E. P. Jenkins, Mrs. D. F. Ramage, Mrs. 
Christie Ricket, Airs. Harry Stevens, Mrs. Ralph Templeton, Mrs. 
James L. Thomas, Mrs. Lee Toadvine, Mrs. John M. Coward and 
Mrs. A. A. De Bonneville. 

The organization is a departmental one covering literature, art, 
music, drama, legislative, City Betterment and American Home. 

The present officers are: Mrs. Louis Knecht, President; Mrs. 
Robert H. Lindsley, First Vice-President ; Mrs. S. W. Hackett, Second 
Vice-President; Mrs. Horace Roberson, Recording Secretary; Mrs. T. 
F. O'Brien, Corresponding Secretary ; Mrs. Geo. Hayfield, Financial 
Secretary; Mrs. Frank Hallberg, Treasurer; Mrs. John C. Gallagher, 
Federation Secretary. Department Chairman ; Mrs. Louis Gehring, 
American Home; Mrs. Wayne Sinclair, Art; Mrs. John Flockhart, 
City Betterment; Mrs. A. M. Tozzi, Drama; Mrs. W. P. Stuart, Legis- 
lative; Mrs. John Lemay, Literature; Mrs. David Kay, Music. 


The Junior Woman's Club was organized in November 1929. Miss 
Phyllis Brown served as the first President. 

The 1940 officers are: Senior Advisor, Mrs. Mason Spofford; 
President, Miss Gertrude Hackett ; Vice-President, Mrs. Walter 
Thorn; Recording-Secretary, Miss Gladys Davis; Corresponding 
Secretary, Miss Alma Hanover; Treasurer, Mrs. William Stuart. 




The Kroy Wrens was a popular group which participated in many 
social affairs during its existence. The members of this club were : 
John Erickson, President; Chester Thompson, Vice-President; Ethel 
Guest, Secretary; Mathilda Toadvine, Treasurer and other members 
were : Miss Gladys Ford, Mildred Anthony, Lillian Guest, Angela 
Walsh, Ethel Davis, William Martin, Richard Guest and E. Vreeland. 
On New Year's Eve of 1916 they gave a dance in Geibel's Hall and 
at various times held dances in the La Tourette Hotel. 


The Girl Scouts were organized by Calvary Church in 191 7 with 
about 15 members. On March 12, 1937 the Girl Scouts celebrated 
their Silver Jubilee, having reached their 25th year in existence. At 
that time there were about 250 registered Girl Scouts and 8 Troops. 
The local troops held an exhibition in the Bayonne Public Library 
which consisted of objects familiar to scouthood, basketry, weaving, 
scrapbooks on birds, trees and animals dominated. An especially 
interesting item was a knot board on which were tacked all the different 
knots taught to Girl Scouts. Many pieces showed ingenuity in their 
fashioning. An ash tray made of ribbon confetti paper, rolled, shel- 
lacked and shaped when wet, engaged the interested attention of many 
who inspected the articles. Girl Scout equipment was also on display. 
In this category were included a compass, an axe in leather casing, 
signal flags, girl scout whistles hung on lanyards made of pyratex 
lacing, and jack knives. 


The Council of Boy Scouts was organized in the city by about a 
score of men at the Bayonne Club, 33rd Street and Newark Bay in 
March 19 18. Thomas Agnew, Principal of Horace Mann School, pre- 
sided at the meeting. Others present were Samuel H. Edwards, H. 
Hill, Erancis Brick, Recorder William J. Cain, J. T. R. Collins, Rev. 
J. Haight, Harry Hall, flyman Lazarus, Walter Clarkson, District 
Court Judge Peter St ill well, W. J. Davis, Max Levy, E. V. Dwyer, 
Robert Ring, W. A. Meakin and E. Newham. The Tide Water Oil 
Company subscribed $1,500 in a drive for the scouts. 


The Y.W.C.A. started in Bayonne about 1918 in a very meager 
way but it finally got growing to such an extent that by June 1, 1920 



the group, leased the Stanton Home on Avenue C and 40th Street 
where they held meetings for a while. The Industrial Department 
was maintained at Broadway and 22nd Street with an additional In- 
ternational center at 87 West 22nd Street. 

The first board of directors were : Mrs. George H. Sexsmith, 
Founder and first President; Mrs. J. E. Pinkney, Mrs. S. J. Harwi, 
Mrs. S. I. Myers, Mrs. G. Crosby, Mrs. Preston H. Smith, Mrs. 
Frederic E. Chamberlain, Mrs. Lee Toadvine, Mrs. George E. Van 
Winkle, Mrs. T. W. Ellsworth, Mrs. Aaron Gould, Mrs. John M. 
Coward, Miss Mary Peters, Miss Dora Budd, Miss Christie, Miss 
Minnie Uske and Miss Emelia Huey. 

Miss Alice Mahnken and her sister donated a new building for 
the Y.W.C.A. in place of the old house standing on the property at 
Thirty-second Street. The cornerstone for the new building was laid 
September 28, 1925. The building is of English Colonial architecture, 
of red brick structure with colonial pillars and trim of white stone. 
The first floor is devoted to offices, administration rooms, reception 
hall, while upstairs has two double rooms and seven single rooms for 
permanent guests, also kitchenette, laundry, etc. for the convenience 
of the girls. 

The new building was dedicated March 16, 1926 with five hundred 
guests present. At that time a Tablet was unveiled above the brick 
fireplace in memory of John Herman Mahnken by his sisters. 

Mr. W. C. Koehler, General Manager of the Standard Oil Com- 
pany in a brief address eulogized the late Mr. Mahnken and on behalf 
of Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, presented to the Y.W.C.A. a check for 
Five Thousand Dollars to cancel the debt on the old building. 

The trustees have chosen Mrs. Edward M. Roeder as their Presi- 
dent for the year 1940. She succeeds Mrs. Horace B. Wait who was 
President for the past four years and who has retired as a Trustee 
after six years on the board. Mrs. John A. Hutchison was elected 
Vice-President ; Mrs. John Flynn, Recording Secretary ; Miss Bessie 
Swane and Mrs. Stanley Woodruff were re-elected Corresponding 
Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Miss Margaret Duryee is the 
Secretary of the Y. 


The Bayonne Rotary Club received its charter June 14, 1920. 
George E. Keenan was the first President. 



The officers at the present time are : 

Boyd D. Henderson. President; Louis Gehring, Vice-President; 
Charles Dell, Secretary; Herman Dittmar, Treasurer; Arthur L. 
Hahn, Governor of 182nd Rotary District. 


The property for the Industrial Y.M.C.A. was deeded by Hudson 
County Recorder's Office, October 17, 1922. 

Land was worth $ 68,196.00 

Building 565,249.00 

Equipment 96,445.00 

Total $729,890.00 

The money was contributed, in addition to Mr. J. D. Rockefeller, 
Jr. and Sr. and fifteen different company's for mental, spiritual, physi- 
cal and social development of employees of industry and their families. 

1939 the organization was out of debt and has added camp site 
for under-privileged boys of the city to its list of assets. The camp 
runs four to five weeks in the summer with fifty boys on average in 

The last report of the Secretary indicates approximately one 
thousand a day participate in various activities. 

The building stands out as the largest industrial building in the 
country (Y.M.C.A.) requiring a staff of forty to fifty different people 
to maintain its services. 

The Dormitory capacity is 100 men. 

The Restaurant and banquet serving hundreds. 

The Committee Class and Club rooms serving scores. 

The building is equipped with gymnasium, locker room shower 
baths and swimming pool. 

Many have developed physically as well as many. have learned to 
swim under proper instructions. 

The building is situated on Avenue E and runs from 22nd to 
23rd Streets and is of four stories and basement. 

The boys department accommodates 150 boys under 18 years of 
age. This is entirely separate from senior department which serves 
1,200 from 18 years of age and up. In its community programs it 
serves approximately 1,500. Industrial men are entirely independent 
of membership. Every baseball diamond in the city is used im- 
mediately after working hours during spring, summer and fall to 




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accommodate the various soft ball leagues in which there is an en- 
rollment of i ,000 players. The six bowling alleys are so popular for 
leagues that it is difficult for unassigned players to get a period to 
use them. The building serves as a community center in cooperation 
with other organizations such as : Chamber of Commerce, Rotary 
Club, Kiwanis, Zonta, Amis Club, Milos Club, Orreas Club, Standard 
Oil Glee Club, Standard Oil Band, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, 
Bayonne Hospital, Red Cross, U. S. Life Saving Corps., Bayonne 
Foreman's Club, Civic Council, etc. 

Among the major company interests in the organization are: 
Standard Oil Co. of N. J. ; Tide Water Associated Oil Co. ; In- 
ternational Nickel Co. ; Babcock & Wilcox Co., The Texas Co. 


In May of (1923) Fern Chapter No. 188, Order of the Eastern 
Star was organized. Mrs. Elizabeth Hussey got the members and 
material together for the organization and Mrs. Emma Clay, who 
was at that time the Grand Matron of the State of New Jersey, in- 
stituted and initiated the members. Some of the charter members 
were Mrs. Clifford Nelson, Mrs. Rena Mettam, Mrs. J. Laird, Mrs. 
Hellinger, Mrs. Agnes Creswick. 

The first matron of the chapter was Mrs. Bertha Swick and the 
first patron was Mr. S. Melville Hussey. Mrs. Minnie Evans is the 
present matron and the patron is Mr. Fred Morgan. 


The order of the Daughters of the American Revolution was 
organized in Bayonne on April 8, 1924 by Mrs. Adelaide Sleesman 
Syme who acted as the first Regent of the organization. Other officers 
were : 

Vice Regent, Miss Estelle Brooke; Registrar, Mrs. Frank Ganong; 
Recording Secretary, Mrs. LeRoy Burrows; Historian, Mrs. Chas. 
Barnes; Corresponding Secretary, Miss Pearl Brooke; Treasurer, 
Mrs. Arthur Floyd Norcross. 

The organization started with seventeen members and today there 
are twenty-three. 

On the second birthday of the Daughters of the American Revolu- 
tion, Dr. Bert J. Huntzelman presented the chapter with a book of 



Revolutionary prayers compiled by King George III of England pity- 
ing the colonists for desiring their liberty. 


The local Kiwanis Club was organized in February 1924 as the 
result of a visit to the Chicago Kiwanis Club by James McNamara, 
Vice-President of the Monel Metal Co. which is no longer in existence 
here. With the receipt of its charter, the club started a program of 
civic service. First officers were Percival G. Cruden, President; Wil- 
liam A. Conway, Vice-President ; Louis N. Creighton, Treasurer and 
I. J. Hatton, Secretary. The last three named are deceased. Serving 
on the board of directors were McNamara, Carl A. Ruhlmann, the 
late DeWitt Van Buskirk, Thos. M. O'Brien and the late Francis A. 
Brick. Other old-time members were : Dr. Howard J. Gould, James 
J. Donovan, Dr. James H. MacGregor, Stephen E. Evans, William 
F. True, Alex. Seclow, Thomas J. Kernan, Michael V. Stringham, 
Frank E. George, Wm. R. Arbuckle, Theodore C. Ballon, Richard 
W. Baxter, William T. Cronin and John J. Heiser. The weekly 
meetings of 1940 still find Horace Roberson, the white-haired former 
District Judge and one of its oldest members, at the luncheon tables. 

Present officers are : Francis K. Strohoefer, President ; Moe 
Rosenthal, Vice-President ; Joseph Ferguson, Treasurer, and H. 
Darnell Brittin, Secretary a position he has held for about 15 years. 


In 1925 Menorah Lodge F. & A. M. purchased the Sneddon man- 
sion at Lincoln Parkway and Newark Bay for a Masonic Temple for 
the sum of $25,000., which is said to be about one-fifth of the actual 


On October 10, 1929 Adelphi Link of Golden Chain formed in 
Menorah Lyceum by Celia Goldstein, Matron and Irving Sachs, 
Patron. About fifty joined the new organization which was formerly 
the order of Eastern Star but since the ritual in the Eastern Star was 
against the Jewish religion, they broke away and formed their own 


The Club was officially organized in 1932 and became incorpor- 
ated November ly, 1933. The first officers were: 



Axel Miller, President ; Samuel Roach, Vice-President ; Harry 
Muller, Treasurer; Fred. J. Hunt, Financial Secretary; John W. 
Cook, Recording Secretary; John A. Nicol, Sergeant-at-Arms. 

The headquarters is 971 Broadway, the same building which 
many years ago, was known as "The Mansion House." The purpose 
of this organization is to promote and advance sportsmanship in 
gunning and angling. The club is affiliated with the Hudson County 
Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. The organization has a large, 
active membership. 

The officers for 1940 are: 

Joseph Hackett, Sr., President; Charles McGee, First Vice-Presi- 
dent ; Arthur Britt, Second Vice-President ; John A. Nichol, Third 
Vice-President ; Harry Muller, Treasurer ; Fred J. Hunt, Financial 
Secretary; William Geraghty, Recording Secretary; Jack White, Cor- 
responding Secretary ; John McCabe, Sergeant-at-Arms ; Thomas 
Dayon, Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms. 


The World War did many good things for America. During 
the war the "Y" men visited industrial plants and indulged in what 
was known as "Community sings." The Bayonne Esso Choral Club 
grew out of that situation and in 1934 a permanent organization was 
set up and the first rehearsal was held February 23, 1934. The officers 
selected for what was to become one of Bayonne's fine groups were : 

John O. Scott, President ; Stanley A. Wuchter, First Vice-Presi- 
dent ; John Schaub, Second Vice-President ; Joseph Orlouski, Treas- 
urer; Fred J. Schafer, Secretary; Fred Battleson, Jr., Librarian; 
George Stuck, Director ; Paul Norman, Pianist. 

A reorganization was perfected in the fall of 1934 and the Club 
dedicated itself to serious work in the realm of music. 

During the past few years many notable events have been given 
under the leadership of the Association, among them being the appear- 
ance of the singers at the World's Fair where they united with 
the combined clubs Associated Glee Clubs of America with approxi- 
mately four thousand voices participating. Other notable events of 
the Association have been such as participation in American Legion 
Americanization programs, Every Man's Bible Class, Newark, the 
Bayonne Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the United States 
Constitution (1937). 



The Bayonne Esso Association has become one of the outstanding 
and popular organizations of the city. The Federation is extensively 
engaged in Welfare, Social Service, Baseball, Bowling, Softball, 
Basketball, Plant Equipment, Golf and other activities. 

The present officers are : 

William O. Welch, President; Lawrence J. Cummings, First 
Vice-President ; Fred B. Lauenstein, Second Vice-President ; Ernest 
H. Hurtzig, Treasurer; Joseph F. Senec, Collector; William B. 
Maloney, Secretary. 


Bayonne Historical Society was started as a result of the interest 
engendered by the "Charter Day" celebration of March 19, 1935, 
the aim of which is collecting, recording and preserving facts relative 
to the "history" of Bayonne and its predecessors "Bergen Neck" 
later, the villages of Saltersville (Pamrapo) Bayonne, Centerviile, 
Constable Hook and Bergen Point. 

The membership, at present, is a small but earnest coterie, seek- 
ing to secure and authenticate information regarding original settlers, 
noted citizens, churches, clubs (social, athletic and cultural) military 
organizations, industries and all like factors influencing the progress 
of the community from the time of the Dutch farmers to the present 
Industrial City. 

It is the aim of the Society to ultimately put at the disposal of the 
Educational Department of our city, a record of these investigations 
to the end that the schools may have a reliable source of information 
regarding our City's history, and the achievements of its citizens, that 
cannot fail to stimulate an interest and pride in our "Home Town." 


During the year 1938, the United States Volunteer Life Saving 
Corps., of which Bayonne is the State Headquarters, answered four 
calls from the Police Department to recover bodies. They rendered 
assistance to eight persons in distress and aided three boats in need 
of help. 

Two thousand first aid cases were treated and in seventy-nine of 
them the Corps sent the injured persons to the hospital. On two 
occasions they removed wreckage from the water which might have 
been a menace to navigation or the cause of injury to a swimmer. 



They also keep beaches regularly cleaned of glass and rubbish. There 
was one rescue from drowning in 1938 and oddly enough, it was not 
made by a member of the Corps, showing even with their splendid 
record the volunteers do not have a monopoly on the good neighbor 

On August 3, 1937 Joseph Halowenski, 41, of 95 West 45th 
Street jumped, fully clothed, into Newark Bay to rescue a small boy 
who had fallen in while crabbing. The name of the lad saved is un- 
known because with small boy indifference, he ran away while his 
rescuer was drying his clothes. The small boy had a close call, how- 
ever, as he was already sinking when Halowenski got to him. 

The U. S. Volunteer Life Saving Corps boasts of an able group 
of men with traditions extending back through forty years — men 
who are ready to serve day or night, winter or summer, without the 
fanfare of glory or parades and without one cent of salary. 

It is not every man who can become a member of the Corps, how- 
ever, as its requirements are rigid. There is a little matter of swim- 
ming one hundred yards with all of your clothes on, including shoes, 
and picking up bottom in eight to ten feet of water, which is only 
one of the tests an aspirant is required to pass. Other tests include 
swimming a distance of two hundred yards in a swimming suit, the 
ability to handle a boat and the breaking of three of the grips which 
drowning men, who are not choosy as to whether they clutch at a 
straw or at a would-be rescuer, are likely to clamp on the hero with 
disastrous results to all concerned. So the candidates for the volun- 
teer life saving corps must demonstrate his ability to break these grips 
and bring his man back alive. 

Commodore Fred Keller, acting state director of the corps, is a 
fluiet, taciturn fellow, employed at the General Cable Corporation, 
who, like his fellow corps members, spends most of his spare time 
engaged in the splendid pursuit of saving lives and rendering assist- 
ance to those in distress. He likes to talk about the corps or to show 
a visitor the equipment in the headquarters located at City Park 
Building at the foot of Sixteenth Street on Newark Bay. The head- 
quarters office is an interesting place filled with musty records of the 
organization and modern well-kept equipment used for rendering- 
first aid to the injured, saving lives or recovering bodies. The equip- 
ment includes a diving suit and helmet, an underwater lamp and an 
air pump and hose. There are also grappling hooks and a motor 
used when a motor boat is called for. Money for the gear is sup- 



plied through an appropriation by the city. Beside Commodore 
Keller, the corps has five other commodores including Joe Holloran, 
Leo Kale, Otton Christerson, John Magara and Jack Cranpton. There 
are four captains, each in charge of a station. Bob Haley heads the 
City Park Station; Richard Keller is in charge of the station on Kill 
van Kull ; Edward Flannagan is captain of Pavonia and Jack Kemple 
runs the Bayview station. 


Acme Club ; Adelphi Link No. 7 Order Golden Chain ; Alpha Club ; 
Alpha Gamma Chi Sorority of St. Henry's Catholic Women's Assn. ; 
Alpha "R" Club Chapter 97 of the Federated Russian Orthodox Clubs 
of America. American Legion: Fred MacKenzie Post No. 165 and 
Ladies Auxiliary, Peter E. Leddy Post, Bayonne Post No. 19; Ameri- 
can Lithuanian Citizens Club; Ancient Order of Hibernians; 
A.O.U.W. Lodge No. 109; Athena Club. 

Babcock & Wilcox Employees Assn.; Bay Y Club (Girl Reserve 
Dept. Y.W.C.A.) Bayonne Aerie No. 604 Eagles F.O.E., Bayonne Aid 
Progressive Assn. ; Bayonne Bar Assn. ; Bayonne Battery Dealers 
Assn. ; Bayonne Boy Scout Council ; Bayonne Boy Scout Council 
(Woman's Auxiliary) ; Bayonne Boy's Club (Colored) ; Bayonne 
Chamber of Commerce; Bayonne Democratic Club; Bayonne Republi- 
can Club ; Bayonne Council for Preservation of Americanism ; Bay- 
onne Council of Social Agencies ; Bayonne Dentist's Assn. ; Bayonne 
Esso Choral Society ; Bayonne Girl Scouts Council ; Bayonne Grocers 
Assn. ; Bayonne Hebrew Benovolent Assn. ; Bayonne Hospital Alumni ; 
Bayonne Hospital and Dispensary ; Bayonne Hospital Board Wom- 
en's Auxiliary - Bayonne Hospital Guild; Bayonne League of 
Woman Voters ; Bayonne Liquor Dealers Assn. ; Bayonne Maen- 
nerchor ; Bayonne Masonic Club ; Bayonne Medical Society : Bay- 
onne Pharmaceutical Assn. ; Bayonne Real Estate Board ; Bayonne 
Rentpayers & Taxpayers Assn. ; Bayonne Schoolmen's Club ; Bay- 
onne Symphony Orchestra ; Bayonne Teacher's Assn. ; Bayonne 
Wheelman Assn.; Bayonne Woman's Club; Bayonne Woman's Glee 
Club; Bayonne Choral Society; Bayonne B.P.O.E. No. 434 (and 
Ladies Guild); Bayonne B'nos. Sfard Free Loan Society; Bayonne 
Board of Education ; Bayonne Braemar No. 36 Daughters of Scotia ; 
Broadway Merchants Assn.; Business Girls Club (Y.W.C.A.). 

Carpatho - Russian American Citizens Club; Carpenters Union 



Local No. 383 ; Catholic Daughters of America, Court of Isabella 
No. 202 ; Catholic Nurses Assn. ; Citizens Patriotic Observance Com- 
mittee; Civic Council of United Service Clubs; College Club; Com- 
panions of the Forest, Star of Winfield Circle No. 880; Connaught- 
men's Assn. - Ladies' Auxiliary; County Corkmen's B. P. & P. Assn. 

Daughters of America, Loyalty Council No. 38; Daughters of 
America, Star of Bayonne Council No. 26; Daughters of American 
Revolution, Kill van Kill Chapter; Daughters of Isabella, Joan of Arc 
Circle; Daughters of Israel; Day Nursery; Disabled American Vet- 
erans Assn. Post. No. 5 ; Downtown Democratic Club ; Downtown 
Ladies Democratic Club. 

Employees Assn. Inc. (Tide Water Oil Co.). 

Federation of Veterans Assn. ; First Ward Ladies' Democratic 
Club; Foremen's Club; Foresters of America Winfield Court; F. & 
A. M. Lodge No. 99; F. O. Eagles, Aerie No. 604; Free Public 

George Metro Assn.; Girls Friendly Club; Good Cheer Circle; 
G. A. R. Mansfield Post No. 22. 

Hadassah Bayonne Chapter ; Happy Workers ; Hebrew Ladies' 
Aid Society ; Holy Name Society of Assumption Church ; Holy Name 
Society of St. Mary's R. C. Church ; Hudson County Tuberculosis 
League, Bayonne Auxiliary (inactive). 

I.O.O.F. Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 176; I.O.R.M. Pamrapaugh 
Tribe No. 187; Independent Political Club; Italian American Dem- 
ocratic Club. 

Jewish War Veterans; Jewish Welfare Board; John J. O'Don- 
nell Assn. ; Jos. Bailey Close Chapter - National Society Daughters 
of Union 1861-1865; Joseph J. Topoleski Assn.; Joyce Herbert Post 
No. 226 - (Auxiliary V.F.W. No. 226). 

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Daughters Unit Joyce Herbert Auxi- 
lary No. 226. 

Judean Buds ; Junior Chamber of Commerce ; Jr. Debs of Girl 
Reserves ; Jr. Hadassah ; Jr. League of Hebrew Orphans Home ; Jr. 
League of Temple Emanuel ; Jr. O.U.A.M. Bayonne Council No. 
119; Jr. O. U.A.M. Peninsula Council No. 251;' Jr. O.U.A.M. Kill 
van Kull Council No. 170; Junior Woman's Club 

Kiwanis Club; Knights of Columbus, Star of the Sea Council No. 
371 ; Knights of Pythias, Arion Lodge No. 68. 

Labor Lyceum ; Ladies' Aid Progressive Assn. ; Ladies' Auxiliary 



of the Assn. of Exempt Firemen; Liederkranz Society; L.0.0. Moose 
Lodge No. 572. 

Menorah Lodge No. 249 F. & A. M. ; Men's Club (5th Street Re- 
formed Church); Ministerial Assn.; Modern Priscillas; Mt. Carmel 
Guild ; Mt. Carmel Lyceum ; Mt. Carmel Parent Teachers Assn. ; 
Municipal Christmas Tree ; Mutual Culture Club. 

National Assn. Letter Carriers Branch No. 22 ; National Council 
Jewish Juniors No. 671 ; National Council Jewish Women, Bayonne 

Odd Fellows Lodge No. 34; Ohab Sholem; Ohab Zedek; Order 
of Amaranth Bayonne Court No. 26; Order of De Molay, Accolade 
Chapter; O.E.S. Fern Chapter No. 188; O.E.S. Bayonne Chapter 
No. 21 ; Faith Assembly No. 26 (Rainbow Girls) ; O.S.C. Clan Alac- 
Kay No. 201. 

Palm Rebekah Lodge No. 34; Parent Teachers Assn. (Horace 
Mann School) (Washington School); P.O.S. of A. (Patriotic Sons) 
Washington Camp No. 151; Patrolmen's Benevolent Assn.; Pelican 
Athletic Club ; Pequona Craft No. 46 ; Pocahontas Pequonia Council 
No. 115; Polish American Chamber of Commerce; Polish American 
Citizens Club; Polish American Citizens Club, Ladies' Auxiliary; 
Polish American Democratic Club ; Polish American Veterans Assn. ; 
Polish American Women's League, Inc. ; Polish Women's Political 
Club of the First Ward, Inc. 

Red Cross ; Republican Veterans Assn. ; Rex. Political Club ; 
Roosevelt Rep. Club; Rotary Club; Royal Arcanum No. 695. 

St. Henry's Catholic Women's Assn. ; St. Henry's National Coun- 
cil of Catholic Women; St. Joseph's Lyceum; St. Theresa Club; St. 
Stephen, the King, Branch No. 36 of the First Catholic Slovak Union ; 
Salvation Army; Second Ward Civic Club; Senior American Hun- 
garian Welfare Club; Senior World Wide Guild; Sicilian Citizen's 
Club; 16 D - 1 W Democratic Worker's Assn.; Slavish American 
Political Club; Slovak Welfare & Political Club; Slowacky Club & 
Echo Choir; Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children; S. of B. 
Star of Nativity; Sons of America, Camp No. 50; Sons of Veterans, 
Phil Sheridan Camp No. 13; Spanish American City Club; Spanish 
War Veterans, Geradin Camp. 

Temple Emanuel ; Temple Emanuel Sisterhood ; Third Ward 
Ladies' Democratic Club; Third Ward Polish American Citizen's 
Club; Third Ward Regular Democratic Club; Third Ward Rod & 
Gun Club, Inc. ; Thrift Shop. 



Ukrainian Workingmen's Assn. Branch No. 167; United Hebrew 
Congregation; United Sons of Erin: Uptown Business Men's Assn. 
Uptown Cultural Club. 

Veritas Club; Veritas Club, Ladies' Auxiliary; Visiting Nurse 

Welfare Committee ; Woman's Musical and Literary Study Club ; 
Woman's Political Study Club; Women's Alliance of America; W. C. 
T. U. No. 1 Bayonne Branch ; W. C. T. U. No. 2 ; Woman's Club of 
Garden Apartments; Woman's Home Missionary Society; Woman's 
Hoover Club; Woman's New Deal Republican Club of Bayonne; 
Woman's Republican League ; Women's Social of Bergen Point Bap- 
tist Church ; Workmen's Circle, Branch No. 46 ; Workmen's Civil 

Young Judea; Y.M.C.A. - 33rd Street, Industrial, (and Ladies 
Aid); Y.M.H.A. ; Young People's Social (Bergen Point Baptist 
Church); Y.W.C.A. ; Young Woman's Club of First Presbyterian 

Zionist District, Zonta Club. 




The Famous Firsts: Lighthouses: Landmarks, Old-Timers, The Governor 
Parker Pen: Dr. George W. Mellor Sets Example for Patriotism: The Old 
Safe in the City Hall: The Passing of the Hooper-Coopers: City Officials of 
the City of Bayonne for 1940. 

Dvora Nadworney : Formerly of 51st Street was under contract with the Chicago 
Civic Opera Co. and sang over WEAF as guest artist with San Carlo Opera Co. 
She also sang feature role of Azucena in "II Trovatore" for San Carlo Opera Co. 
at Century Theatre. On September 15, 1921, she sang before Vice President Dawes 
at the Radio Industry of America Banquet, grouped with Mary Lewis and Reinald 

Florence Hendrickson : Of 31st Street, is among Bayonne singers who has 
won renown in musical world. She possesses a splendid contralto voice and for 
a number of years was soloist at 5th Avenue Brick Presbyterian Church in New 
York City and also the Orange Presbyterian Church. She is a member of the 
Public School Faculty. 

Hans Barth : Lived on Willow Street at on time and played before the Athena 
Club and some of the other musical clubs in the City. Today he is ranked among the 
noted pianists. 

Virginia and Susanne Xoonan : Daughters of the late Thomas F. Noonan, 
made fame in Hollywood in the movies as Sally O'Neill and Mollie O'Day. Sally 
O'Neill is at present playing on Broadway in the cast of "When We are Married", 
starring Alison Skipworth. 

Alfred Brick : Who rode about town in a racing car, made fame by stunt flying 
for Fox Brothers in Hollywood and today is an expert camera man. He formerly 
lived on 38th Street. 

Bill Bacher : With degrees of Dentist, Lawyer and Architect made great suc- 
cess in Hollywod in radio programs. 

Victor Herman : Had the honor of lecturing at Columbia University on Pup- 
petry on Dec. 3, 1932. He is the youngest puppeteer in America and only boy to 
pursue this unique hobby in Bayonne. 

Louise Bave: January, 1926, the Bayonne Woman's Club presented a Concert 
in the High School at which time music lovers had the rare opportunity of hearing 
Miss Louise Bave, Coloratura Soprano of New York City and a former Bayonne 
girl. Miss Bave studied abroad and had her debut in Milan, Italy, where she was 
called the "American Nightingale." 

Virginia Richards : In 1929 Mrs. Virginia Richards made her Metropolitan 
Debut in Steinway Hall, accompanied at the piano by Myrtle Aldridge. The N. Y. 



Times said, "The Singer showed substantial gifts of natural musicianship, a low voice, 
rich and velvety in the mezzo register and skill in controlling its high tones." Her 
selections were, "Addio" from "La Boheme" and "Debussys delightful "Beau Soir". 

Margaret Brady: Of 94 West 35th Street organ pupil of Prof. James P. Dunn, 
made her debut in February 1928 as a concert organist at the Wanamaker Auditorium 
in N. Y. C. Her pleasing manner won her audience from the start and the applause 
was spontaneous. 

Helen M. Wakefield: Pianist, made her debut on Dec. 1, 1931 in a recital at 
Steinway Hall in New York City. She appeared, not as an untried student, but as 
a musician, who had taught in the New York University and the University of 
Virginia, given lecture-recitals for the young and published original part songs for 
women's voices. The audience was a large one and there were many friendly tributes 
of flowers. Apart from good technical precision, Miss Wakefield, pleased her 
crowded house, both through her gracious manner on the stage and a poise of ripe 
musicianship in her playing, alike in melodious classic arrangements and in the tone 
pictures of the realists of today. 

Trusiana Marinella : Young local soprano and 

Helen M. Wakefield: Concert pianist and instructor of music at Bayonne 
Senior High School were heard March 1, 1940 in a program of Italian music at 
the Anderson House in Washington, D. C. The concert was sponsored by the Italy- 
America Society of Washington and was attended by members of the Italian Em- 
bassy. Miss Marinella presented three groups of songs accompanied by Miss Wake- 
field. Miss Wakefield was heard in two groups of piano selections. 

Michael Bezzeg: Made his debut on April 21, 1936 at a classical concert spon- 
sored by the German Society for Literature and Arts at the New York Turn Hall. 
Assisting the violinist were Carlo Martinelli, lyric-tenor, formerly with Columbia 
Broadcasting System and St. Michaels Monastery in Union City and Richard 
Cameron, Concert Pianist of Washington, D. C. Mr. Bezzeg, who is the former 
Assistant Concert Master of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and a former member 
of the La Scala Opera Orchestra in Milan, opened his recital with Bach's Sarabande 
in D and Caprice by Paganini, which were enthusiastically received. 

Francis R. Pope: Of 20 East 38th Street has exhibited many of his paintings 
at various places. His latest painting "Sunlight and Flowers" will be shown in the 
Museum of the State House in Trenton in April 1940 and it was previously shown 
in New York. 

Ben Bern ie: Started life in Bayonne and today is one of the top notch band 
leaders and entertainers in the country appearing on the stage, on the screen and on 
the radio. 

Jacob J. Gains : Of 880 Boulevard has the distinction of exhibiting one of his 
oil paintings in the 114th annual show of the National Academy at its galleries at 
215 West 57th Street, New York City, in April 1940. 

Howard W. Osbahr: While only nineteen years of age, has already made a 
name for himself far beyond the limits of Bayonne. He is a member of the Lenz 



Club and has been honored for his production of "Why" which is 14 inches by 17 
inches in size and has been displayed in the Pictorial Photographers of America 
in the Museum of Modern History, New York City and also in Pittsburgh. He 
expects to make Photography his life work. 

Frank Currier : Who was an actor living in Bayonne, married Ada Dow who 
trained Julia Marlowe, later went into movies and played with Nazimova and also 
played the part of the Italian Organ Grinder in "The Poor Little Rich Girl." 

Arthur Kallet : The author of many books, among them, "One Hundred Mil- 
lion Guinea Pigs" lived in Bayonne and married Miss Boston. 

Mrs. Mary Antoinette de Navarro : Now residing in England, who will be 
remembered best as Mary Anderson the beautiful and artistic young American actress 
ingenue interpreter of Wm. Shakespeare's girl characters and creator of similar roles, 
against who no scandalous story was ever breathed, lived in Bayonne, while still a 
girl, in the Third Ward east of the New Jersey Central Railroad tracks. 

Julia Marlowe: Child of theatrical folk and born in England. She was 
christened Sarah Frances Front but when performing in juvenile parts during her 
early teens she was called Fanny B rough. She was brought to Bayonne by Ada 
Dow, a well-known English actress who continuously tutored her in strenuous study 
for several years while living here. And when the girl made her debut as "Parthena" 
in "Ingomer" in the Bijou Theatre, New York City, the specially invited included 
about a score of Bayonnites. 

Rose Eytinge: Famous several decades ago as the creator of many parts and 
an impersonator of Shakespeare's heroines, Pearl Eytinge whose beauty aided her 
in establishing a reputation as an accomplished stage favorite and Belle Archer, an 
English actress of fair repute, all resided in Bergen Point. 

William Ferguson: A prominent leading man in numerous companies and 
character role performer remembered as the originator of "Capt. Redfern, the 
detective" in "Jim the Penman". 

Fritz Nolan: A Bayonne boy, a first class variety or vaudeville actor. 

Major Allen C. Redwood: Once an officer in the Confederate Army and artist 
who made his home for a number of years on the Newark Bay shore at Bergen Point. 

Archibald Gunn : A portrait and figure painter and popular newspaper car- 

Geo. B. Lume: British born caricaturist for newspapers and periodicals. 

Kirk Estey : Who was very clever with his pencil at cartoons and sketches. 

Chas. W. Trembley : A sculptor resided at Bergen Point. 

Sol Eytinge: Originator of many humorous sketches which had a constant sale 
when produced as colored lithographs. He was for a long time a favorite artist 
of the Harper Bros, publications. 

John C. McRae: Native of Scotland accounted one of the most expert and 
artistic engravers in America. His group pictures were especially admired. 



A. Cary Smith : Resident of the 3rd Ward noted as Marine artist and designer 
of fast sailing yachts and other pleasure craft. 

Patrick and Cornelius McGiehan : Modelers and builders of small boats of re- 
markable speed. 

Philip Elsworth : Recognized as an expert designer of yachts which won 
hundreds of trophies at sailing regattas and in long distance races with his brother. 

Joe Elsworth : Who, in 1885, piloted the Puritan with British Genesta in In- 
ternational yachting prize the America's Challenge cup. 

Margaret Winship Eytinge: Whose nom de plume was ''Madge Elliot", wife 
of Sol Eytinge the artist. Her hundreds of stories and poems appeared in scores 
of magazines and newspapers. 

Mary Stuart Cutting: Wife of Chas. Weed Cutting and daughter of Brigadier- 
Gen. U. Doubleday, her mother's maiden name having been Mary Stewart. The 
Cutting-Doubleday families lived for a considerable period at Bergen Point. Mrs. 
Cutting won her literary reputation with "Little Stories of Courtship" "Heart of 
Lynn", etc. 

Sophie Bledsoe Herrick : Of Schuyler Place who for many years was editorial 
writer for the Scribner and Century Co. publications. 

Dorothy Ficken : The originator of "Sunny Jim" and similar novelties in ad- 
vertising and designing. 

Frank N. Barret: Editor of the American Grocer. 

George W. Hatch : Editor of an insurance periodical. 

Douglas Zabriskie Doty : Writer of short stories and fairly good poetry. Editor 
of and reader of monthly magazines. 

Edward Gardner, Sr. : Editor of Bayonne Times, who conducted during his 
long editorial career various weekly papers in New Jersey and Xew York. 

Henry C. Page : Of the Bayonne Herald with like experience. 

Alex Crombie Humphries: While living in the first Ward served as school 
trustee and who was for considerable period President of the faculty of Stevens 
Institute of Technology in Hoboken. 

William H. Jasper: Before being appointed to public school in Xew York 
lived here. 

Col. Chas. W. FULLER: Soldier, lawyer, politician and post-prandial orator was 
Xew Jersey Supt. of public instruction. 

Prof. JAMES G. Monaghan: Was another educator and publicist who resided 
in the Bergen Point Section. 

Jack Dunn: A member of the Centerville Athletic Club which was a semi-pro 
baseball club developed first rate players, later became the owner of the Baltimore 
team from whose camp came the famous Babe Ruth. 



Octavus Roy Cohen : The famous author of detective stories at one time lived 
on West 32nd Street. From 1910 to 1912 he wrote for the Bayonne Times and 
Newark Morning Star. 

John and William Moody: The two brothers who compiled Moody Investors 
Service Manuels so useful today in Bayonne. Zeta Abbott married William Moody. 

Jacob Ginsberg: Was the first artist to exhibit at the Bayonne Library May 
26, 1938. He was the winner of cash prizes and of a medal from the National 
Academy of Design. His display was of oil paintings, etchings and portraits of 
children. Member of N. Y. Artist's Union. 

Maurice Abramson : Of 729 Avenue A was also a prize winner. He painted 
a picture in the Public Library from James Trusloe Adams "Epic of America", cari- 
caturist for New Theatre and Film Magazine of New York. 

Paul J. Klopsch : Of 43 West 53rd Street has made many chemical discoveries 
and is known throughout the chemical world. He invented synthetic marble from 
which such products as book ends, etc. are made, cigarette trays, lamp bases, novelty 
boxes and many other things which are sold under the trade name "Gemstone" art 

Louis R. Ferraro: W 7 ho has won fame as an artist on the concert stage as a 
nationally known violinist. For three successive years he carried off first prize of 
$100. at Kneisel's Music Colony at Blue Hills, Vt. He has given concerts in 
Aeolian Hall and is now second soloist in the Roxy Theatre orchestra and also 
conducts a studio at 148 West 72nd Street, New York, where he now lives having 
married Miss Mary Lubbock a contralto. 

Samuel M. Crawford: Of this city invented a device claimed to prevent dis- 
asters on submarines. 

Harry Eddy : Is a well known artist of the day and at one time resided on 
Avenue C and 36th Street. He gives annual exhibit of his works in New York at 
various galleries and specializes in landscapes in oil 

Dr. Gray : Who invented explosives used by the Russians in the World War, 
lived on Avenue C. 

Elsie Ferguson : Who became famous on the stage lived on the southeast cor- 
ner of Linden Street near Avenue A. The house she occupied is still standing. At 
that time her father, was the oldest surviving actor of the play "Our American 
Cousins" which President Lincoln saw the night he was assassinated in Ford's 


Dr. William H. Mitchell was a canoe enthusiast and was the first 
man to circumnavigate Bayonne in a canoe. 

At the Old Shore House at the foot of the Boulevard on the Kills, 
William Donnell was the chef and the first man in this country to 
steam clams. 



Henry Meigs, Jr. who was interested in rifle shooting, which was 
one of the sports of that day, produced the first cartridge which used 
a center contact instead of the entire outside rim. It was the first 
in the United States. 

The Tide Water Oil Company, in the early days, had a chain 
bucket conveyor with which to fight fires and it was supposed to be 
the first chain bucket convey in the country. 

Solon Humphreys originated the trunk line system which was 
applied to railroads. 

Mr. Welsbach on Eighth Street, experimented with and produced 
the Welsbach gas light burner. 

Dr. Parmely, was the first maker of enamel artificial teeth. 

Abney Doubleday originated the game of baseball and the an- 
nouncement of the invention came from and has always been claimed 
by Cooperstown, New York, but Doubleday experimented with it 
while ilving in Bayonne, before going Cooperstown. He also planned 
the baseball "Diamond." 

The Standard Oil Company brought in the first of the oil pipes 
to pump large quantities of oil, rather than having it delivered by 
rail or otherwise. 

Henry Winterhalter was the first man to produce a mechanical, 
automatic oil barrel filler. This had a trick trigger arrangement 
which caused the oil to cease flowing when the barrel was full. 

Monel metal was first produced in a small experimental shop in 

William Donnelly and some others, who were playing football at 
a time when the drop kick was the only kick that was known to foot- 
ball, used the place kick before the football teams began to use it. 

Captain Seabury of the United States Navy, who lived on West 
Eighth Street, invented the Seabury Breech Block for guns. 

Mr. William A. Eddy, whose residence was 32 East 3rd Street, 
invented what is known as the box type of kite, the highest flight of 
which was made in 1893, reaching an altitude of 5,595 feet for the 
first time in the world's history. On December 5, 1895, a telephone 
and telegraph message was sent by wires attached to his kites up in 


1. Muller's Tavern, Broadway at 47th Street. 

2. Hogan Home, 16 Silver Street. 

3. Bronze Elk in yard of Strohoefer Home, 813 Avenue C. 

4. Dr. George W, Mellor's Home, 899 Avenue C. 

5. "Black Boy" hitching-post in front of Dr. Mellor's home. 

6. The Diamond Home. 

7. Captain Robert Fish's original home, !»S Fast -14th Street. 


the air. Because of this the U. S. Government (Military) com- 
mandeered him and his kites as signalling medium. 

Admiral S. F. duPont invented the repair ship at sea, which was 
called "the floating machine shop.' 


"Lighthouses are the altar lamps of Integrity, burning before 
the sacrament of commerce," Captain Felix Reisenberg, noted Ameri- 
can authority on shipping, declares in his book, "Standard Seamanship 
for the Merchant Marine." 

Danger shoals, prominent land marks on which the mariner can 
take bearings, and jagged rocks on which a fog-bound vessel might 
come to grief are marked with buoys, lightships and lighthouses. In 
addition to welcome beams of light, stabbing through the dark of 
night, the lightships and houses send regular radio signals and in 
thick weather sound sirens or fog horns to warn the mariner of 

On August 7, 1889, the first United States Congress in the Ninth 
Act which it passed provided that lighthouses, etc., which had pre- 
viously been erected and maintained by the various colonies, be hence- 
forth supported by the Federal Government. 

Bayonne, ideally situated to become a prominent seaport, will, 
with the continued arrival of the world's water-born commerce, be- 
come increasingly lighthouse minded. 

Ships approaching this port from Europe will be likely to take 
their first bearings from the Nantucket Shoals Lightship located about 
194 miles east of Ambrose Light, which marks the entrance to New 
York harbor. If bound for the Port Terminal they will pass Robbins 
Reef Light before reaching their destination. 

The Bergen Point Lighthouse in the Kills, now in its eighty-first 
year of service, is another famed light which guides ships safely to 
Bayonne's waterfront and is an invaluable aid to tankers arriving at 
night or in foggy weather. This lighthouse is just 50 feet off the 
New York-New Jersey line. Solid and trim Bergen Point Light 
stands upon an historic rock ledge at the junction of Newark Bay 
and Kill van Kull. The lighthouse keeper, Hans Beuthe and his wife, 
Marie, suffer no loneliness at home in the Kills having lived there 
since 192 1. Their domain is a perfect circle about 60 feet in dia- 
meter with a 54 foot light tower made of concrete and a six room 



frame house, two and a half stories high. Around the outer edge of 
the circle is the lighthouse promenade, a four foot walk. 

Their mail is delivered to Staten Island and they have to row to 
shore for their groceries and supplies. They like this life because it 
is quiet. Mr. Beuthe tells about a time when the bay was frozen and 
he could walk to shore. 

There is neither gas nor electricity in the house and their radio is 
operated with a storage battery. They use kerosene lamps and drink 
rain water caught in casks and pumped into the kitchen. Some years 
ago a furnace and steam heat were installed. The same powerful 
lamp with the same two powerful lenses, made in Paris, France, and 
installed in 1858 still furnish the light, although in recent years an 
innovation has been the substitution of an oil vapor system for kero- 
sene lighting. The result is a 5,000 cafidlepower glow, brighter than 
an electric globe, which alternates between five seconds of light and 
five seconds of darkness. Beside the light is a huge bell which tolls 
a mournful tune every 15 seconds in foggy weather — a tune that 
doesn't disturb the sleep of the Beuthes. 

Mr. Beuthe went to sea when a boy of 14 and in 1898 came to 
this country from his native Germany. During his years on the sea 
he visited every important port in the world on picturesque old square- 
riggers like those that greeted old Bergen Point Light 80 years ago. 
From these adventures, he moved to the more prosaic life aboard 
pilot boats in New York harbor, then to lightships and finally to that 
tiny speck of Bayonne that is so far away from and yet so much a 
part of this peninsula. 

Dennis McCashin was the last lighthouse keeper of the Lehigh 
Valley Lighthouse in Newark Bay. Mr. McCashin was a veteran of 
the Civil War and when he died in 1912 his wife, who was a second 
cousin of President McKinley, and son ran it for a time but the gov- 
ernment demolished the house and installed a light run by motor which 
is there now. 


Grinning "Black Boy" has adorned his corner for many years. He 
holds his place, unmoved an inch, and watches Bayonne's "Big 
Parade" from his grand stand in front of the home of Dr. George W. 
Mellor at 899 Avenue C and 41st Street. 



Every winter during the past years he has stood there in his bare 
feet, chest exposed through unbuttoned shirt, while the wind and 
snow sends men and women scurrying past him to their homes. 
Babies reach from their carriages to wave kisses to him, small boys 
delight in spitting in his face and kicking him in the shins, the sun 
beats down on his head, big boys play leap frog over him, men under 
the influence of liquor have argued with him and cursed him — but 
kissed and kicked, through winter and summer, "Black Boy" main- 
tains his calm indifference. 

"Black Boy" is undoubtedly the best known little statue in the 
city. He is said to be the only hitching post left in Bayonne. There 
is hardly a man, woman or child, who has lived in the uptown section, 
who does not know him. Everyone is attracted by the cast iron 
colored boy with his right arm extended in the air, by which he held 
many a Dobbin and Bess in the days of horses and buggies. 

One use which Black Boy serves, and to which he is just as 
faithful as that of holding troublesome horses, is that of a direction 
post. Many years ago when the Pavonia Yacht Club was located on 
Forty-first Street and New York Bay and attracted many people from 
all parts of the metropolitan district, the directions given to the new 
comer always was, "get off the trolley car at "Black Boy." Everyone 
in the neighborhood gives his friends the same direction. Some years 
ago, when Dr. Mellor moved the statue to the side of his home, there 
was a general wave of friendly protest, with the result that "Black 
Boy" took up his old stand again. 

Like all other famous land marks, he has had numerous interest- 
ing experiences. About three o'clock, one morning several years ago, 
Dr. Mellor was awakened by a noise in front of his home. Looking 
out he saw three men desperately trying to get Black Boy into a cart 
to carry him away. The doctor foiled the attempted theft and anyone 
who would attempt to steal Black Boy now is advised to bring along 
a derrick. It is cemented in the ground and weighs three hundred 
pounds. Many times boys had attempted to break off the right arm 
with baseball bats but the sting to the boys' hands is always more in- 
jurious than that suffered by Black Boy. There may be other hitch- 
ing posts in Bayonne that have seen the dirt roads become passe, and 
likewise gas lamps but it is doubtful if there is one in the entire city 
as well known and as well liked as "Black Boy." 





On October 21, 1939, The Bayonne Times acclaimed Dr. George 
W. Mellor as public citizen No. 1, citing him for his patriotism. With 
the word patriotism heard so frequently in these days of war, Ameri- 
cans are thinking more about their country's history than ever before. 

The Bayonne Times cited the prominent dentist as one of those 
who never fails to unfurl the flag on the holidays. The dentist's 
record is something outstanding, for he has been hoisting the banner in 
front of his home at the northwest corner of Forty-first Street and 
Avenue C since first coming to Bayonne, many years ago. Each 
time that Dr. Mellor has brought out the red, white and blue bunting, 
he has done so with a feeling of enthusiasm, for, in his own words, he 
is a "great believer in civic pride." 


The bronze deer on the lawn of the late Dr. Field's home, which 
is located on Avenue C and Thirty-sixth Street is indeed a land- 
mark and the property is often referred to "as the house with the 
deer in the yard." This well known house has stood for a long time 
and the late Killeen Strohoefer lived in it for many years. It is now 
occupied by one of his sons, Francis K. Strohoefer, Principal of 
Henry E. Harris School. 


Beauty always leaves a memento and, this time, it's an old cherry 
tree standing in the grounds of a private home owner on Broadway 
and Second Street where it once was skirted by parties of guests 
bound for the old La Tourette Hotel. The tree is 75 years old and 
still bears cherries. It is the only ghost of the old days, when Bay- 
onne was a flourishing center of gayety and social life, known for miles 


Between Tenth and Eleventh Streets on the Boulevard there is an 
old oak tree, which is about 200 years old and represents the last of 
Bayonne's virgin oak tree forest. 


Miss Jennie Diamond who is 84 years old, and her brother Frank, 
71 years old, live in the house where they were born. This house 



stands facing the Old Plank Road and the address is 90 West Forty- 
eighth Street. It was built by their father, 85 years ago, is of archi- 
tectural design of that period, brown shingled and weather beaten. 
Their radio runs on batteries because there is no electricity in the 
house and the old couple think electricity unnecessary. Oil lamps are 
used throughout the house which has low ceilings and small windows 
and originally comprised only one floor. But about 60 years ago the 
house was enlarged so that there are now four rooms downstairs and 
three upstairs. One goes outside to get into the cellar, and a stove 
still stands in the living room. The house stands on what was once 
known as Salter's Farm and Miss Diamond says, that when she was 
a little girl, Bayonne was nothing but a little village called Saltersville, 
later called Pamrapo. There were two other villages at that time, 
Centerville and Bergen Point. The Hook belonged to the Van 
Buskirk family. 

In the early days the stage coaches passed the house going from 
Jersey City to Bergen Point, and all the surrounding country was 
woods. Mullaney's post office was nearby. 

Miss Diamond is never lonesome because she is surrounded by 
books and she enjoys sewing. She just finished making a patchwork 
quilt, no two pieces of which are alike. It is composed of more than 
500 pieces. The quilt is a "double- wedding ring." Frank does all the 
heavy work, repairing the house, makes the fires, carries off the ashes, 
chops wood and, in the summer time, does the gardening. Both are 
extremely agile at handicraft work. 

Miss Diamond went to the little red schoolhouse, which had as its 
teacher the father of Counsellor R. Lewis Kennedy, but she never 
went to high school as they didn't have any in those days. She joined 
reading classes and majored in history and later earned a degree in 
history from the Chautauqua Society of which she was a member. For 
forty years she taught Sunday School in the Forty-sixth Street Meth- 
odist Church where she has held membership since the first church 
was built. She was president for a time of the Ladies' Aid Society. 

Their father, James Diamond, was a wheelwright and blacksmith 
and, at one time, had a shop on the old Plank Road near the old house 
but later moved to Fortieth Street and Broadway. 


The Hogan home, which was built in 1866 at 16 Silver Street, was 
constructed by Sam Mowry for Matthew Hogan when he returned 



from the Civil War, where he was connected with the 88th Irish 
Brigade in the Union Army. The house looks just the same today 
from the front as when it was built but there have been several addi- 
tions on the back and improvements have been made inside. 

William Hogan, former Freeholder for Hudson County, was born 
in this house three years after it was built and he still lives in it with 
his eleven children who were also born there. Members of three gen- 
erations live in the old homestead. The trees that used to line the 
sidewalks thickly are gone and asphalt has replaced the dirt road in 
front. The country area west of Broadway has grown into a district 
alive with people, houses and stores. 


A safe, built almost a century ago, is still in use in the City Hall, 
although it is hardly as important an adjunct today as it was when 
first purchased by the city. 

Built of iron, the safe is about five feet high and a little more 
than four feet wide and occupies an inconspicuous corner in the huge 
vault, built a number of years ago in order to safeguard the many 
volumes of valuable city records which the City Clerk has in his 

There is no record as to just how long the city has owned the safe, 
but it probably was in use long before Bayonne was incorporated as a 
city in 1869. City Treasurer, John Ryan, veteran city official, is of 
the opinion that it was used by all the city clerks, starting with F. I. 
Smith, the first township clerk; William C. Hamilton, who filled the 
office of city clerk for more than 40 years; the late William P. Lee 
who served about 20 years; Police Chief C. J. O'Neill, who resigned 
as city clerk to assume his present position, down to the present in- 
cumbent. No combination is needed to open this safe, as it is opened 
by inserting a key in a very narrow slot in one of the doors. The 
safe was patented in 1823, but according to the lettering on the two 
picturesque panels on the two doors, it was built in 1842. Each 
panel shows a clerk in a high silk hat and the formal office attire of the 
day standing alongside the safe, while another clerk kneels before the 
open safe, with a heavy chain connecting it to a stanchion. A small 
boy sits idly by holding a hoople, while a laborer is seen at work 
nearby and in the right hand corner two firemen are pictured battling 
a blaze in a building. 



"Patent, Salamander Safe, New York 1842 Rich & Co.'s. Im- 
proved, A. S. Marvin, Agent, 138^2 Water Street, New York," reads 
the lettering on the panels, which have been gilted. The safe, origin- 
ally black, has been painted a maroon color. 

There are two knobs on the doors, with a bar that can be bolted 
to further protect the contents of the safe. On each side is a handle 
bar to make it easier to shift the safe. 

Inside is a small strong box, which is opened with a key. Flower 
designs are painted on the inside of the two heavy doors and are be- 
lieved to be the original designs placed there when the safe was built. 

Probably, in the early days of the city, it was large enough to hold 
all the official papers and any monies that were collected, but with the 
growth of the city, it plays a very insignificant role alongside the huge 
safes and vault now in use in the City Hall. 

Safes were a trifle more ornate in the days when this one was 
made, and as the years have rolled by, office equipment and articles 
that really are needed to give service, have become very plain and 


The days of the "hooper-coopers" rough, rollicking days when 
men sang songs of brawn and drank their beer in pails-full are now 
thrown further into the limbo of the past, as the landmark of the 
Standard Oil Company plant in Constable Hook was closed in Febru- 
ary 1939. It was the old factory where wooden barrels were made 
and, full of oil, were stored in full-rigged ships that came from all 
parts of the world and stood in long rows at the Hook piers. 

Use of the wooden barrels began to dwindle in the early i90o's 
with the entry of steel barrels, and drums and tanker ships, but the 
Standard Oil Company continued to manufacture them and also sold 
them to other firms. However, the company was unable to keep the 
factory in operation principally because of competition from other 
barrel firms where lower wage scales prevail. The job of eliminating 
the factory was completed in April of 1939. 

The old barrel factory filled an important niche in the building of 
the great oil plant in the Hook and some of the men who worked 
there in the early days, and today are retired or at work in other jobs, 
will tell you that muscle counted in that job. 

Trie factory, a two story brick building, was erected in the early 
i88o's with John Wiggans as first superintendent and sometimes there 



were as many as 500 or more men at work there. The daily output of 
the barrels, which were of 50 gallon capacity, usually ran over 5,000 
and they were put up in high stacks to await use. 

The wood for the barrels came from the West and was dried in a 
large kiln at the factory. It was then passed on to joiners who made 
the staves and next the staves were placed on barrel moulders and 
held in shape by iron hoops. The barrels were then turned over fires 
for further drying and to prevent leakage and, after glueing and rivet- 
ing, were ready for the headers who fitted the tops and bottoms on 
them. Finishing touches were put on the barrels by the "hooper- 
coopers" who knocked off the preliminary hoops and replaced them with 
special iron hoops. In the beginning, the workers drove on the hoops 
with sledge hammers but this method was later discarded in favor of 
machine drivers. The "hooper-coopers" were principally Hungarian 
and Slavic workers who possessed a special knack for the business. 
In the early days they were paid thirteen cents each for every barrel 
they turned out. Boys were often hired to help them. These men 
were a hardy lot and they liked their beer, which in those days, sold 
for seven cents a pint. There's a favorite story told that some of the 
"hooper-coopers" used to trade their barrels at a nickel apiece to Old 
Pat Gannon, a popular worker at the factory. Thus, the coopers 
were able to get their beer without waiting for their pay, while Gannon 
made a neat profit on the deals. 

They once staged a "Strike" at a saloon near the plant where the 
owner raised the price of the beer to ten cents. To show how they 
felt about it, the barrel workers rowed over to Staten Island, where 
the price was still low, and brought their "suds" back to the Bayonne 
shore. It is also said that about the time of the "strike" they decided 
they had been spending too much of their money in taverns so they 
pooled their cash and bought a saloon of their own. 

One of the old-timers who worked in the barrel factory and who 
remembered the days vividly, was Thomas Warnock, who was retired 
as fire chief from the Standard in 1938. Deputy Chiefs Win. F. 
Garrity and Thos. E. Fitzmaurice of the city fire department also 
spent their early days in the Hook with Warnock. 

And some of the men, recalling those days, tell that former Mayor 
L. F. Donohoe was a cracekrjack at piling barrels at the factory. Supt. 
John J. Rigney of the police department's bureau of identification 
also showed "steam" in handling the barrels, so the story goes. 

There were lots of others well known at the factory in former 


BAYONNE old and new 

years. Among them were the Miller boys, Jess, Pete and Ray; 
Charles Agel, Sam Levine, Dave Grossman, Tommy Halpern, John 
Norgent, Tim Barrett and Fred Schaefer. They, and the others, all 
made up a grand lot ; you can take it from the old-timers, because they 


John J. Ryan, City Treasurer, has a pen in his possession which 
was used by Governor Parker in signing the Revised Charter of the 
City of Bayonne in March 1872. This pen was presented to the city 
by Mr. David C. Halstead. 


Born in Bayonne: John O'Dell, 84 years old; Jennie Diamond, 84 
years old, lives in the house where she was born, 90 West Forty- 
eighth Street; William Hogan, 71 years old, lives in the house where 
he was born, 16 Silver Street. 

Others are : William Hunter, 88 years old ; Henry McCabe, 87 years 
old ; Cornelius Haggerty, 85 years old ; William Gogelein, 85 years old ; 
Robert Scott, 85 years old ; Edward Griffin, 85 years old ; Truman W. 
Lilly, 85 years old; George Wake, 84 years old; Sylvestor Long, 82 
years old ; Ed. Mullaney, 82 years old ; Al. Sayles, 82 years old ; Judge 
Horace Roberson, 82 years old; Alfred Davis, Ex-Chief, 80 years 
old. Mrs. Catherine Donovan has lived at 53 East Thirty-third Street 
for 67 years. 


James J. Donovan, Mayor and Director of Public Safety 
John J. Heiser, Deputy 

James A. Mullanaphy, Director of Public Works 
Dennis Coughlin, Deputy 

Henry W. Murphy, Director of Public Affairs 

J. J. O'Leary, Deputy 

Horace K. Roberson, Director of Revenue and Finance 

George J. Prenderville, Deputy 



Joseph J. Topoleski, Director of Parks and Public Property 

Edward Poplawski, Deputy 

John F. Lee, City Clerk T. F. McCarthy, Collector of Revenue 

John J. Ryan, City Treasurer Wm. Keating, Tax Assessor 

Wm. F. Connors, City Comptroller 

Amos. Harker, Supt. Water Department 

Maurice A. Cohen, City Attorney 

James L. Sweeney, Recorder Jos. A. O'Brien, Clerk to Recorder 

Cornelius J. O'Neill, Chief of Police 

James J. Hogan, Chief of Fire Department 

Mary G. Peters, Librarian 

Dr. Charles J. Larkey, Health Officer 

Lloyd B. Palmer, Registrar of Vital Statistics 

Walter Flynn, Supt. of Weights and Measures 

Kathryn V. Welcher, Overseer of Poor 

Irving Meyers, City Prosecutor 

Aaron A. Melniker, District Court Judge 

Joseph A. Sklenar, Secretary, Board of Education 

Morris L. Brodman, Secretary of Board of Health 

Henry Winterhalter, Sanitary Inspector 

Harry Jaeger, City Engineer 

Dr. Ben Lipschitz, City Physician 

Joseph Geiger, Supt. of Police and Fire Alarm System 

Louis Giordano, Street Commissioner 

James P. Magner, M. D. Police Surgeon 


Stanley R. Woodruff, President; Richard C. Walsh, Charles J. 
Larkey, James J. McGrath, James J. Murphy, Thomas Beirne, John 
Dzubeck, Edgar F. Snell, Caesar F. Ciaburri. 



The Pension Board of the Police and Fire Department consisting 
of 5 members, two of which represent Police, two firemen and I 
civilian, are as follows : Randolph Sluter, President ; Mayor Donovan, 
Horace K. Roberson, Lieut. Masterson, John Bauer. 



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